Ed Morin

News Producer

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his B.A. in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with Public Broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.

After doing post-graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Ed took a full time job with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network in 1979 and has been with the company ever since. Ed works primarily as a news producer although over the years he has produced a number of TV arts and public affairs programs as well as many radio arts and music programs. For many years Ed was the principal producer of Maine Stage. These days he is heard primarily as producer of Midday as well as Maine Things Considered newscast producer.

Ed counts among his passions music, sports and family, not necessarily in that order. He sort of plays piano and guitar and has done a good deal of singing. He is an enthusiastic figure skater.

Ed and his wife live in Portland and have four grown boys.

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An organization that works with southern Maine’s refugee and immigrant communities is getting $300,000 to work with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Immigration Resource Center of Maine in Lewiston, formerly called United Somali Women of Maine, will use the grant from the federal Office on Violence Against Women to maintain and expand its culturally specific sexual assault services for East African sex assault victims living in Southern Maine.

State wildlife officials say the deaths of three dozen juvenile herring gulls in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park over the past 3 weeks is not a cause for alarm.

Judy Camuso with the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says die-offs like this are relatively common in wild birds, but most of the time occur in places away from the public. She says this type of mortality is typically seen in birds that nest in colonies, such as herring gulls.

Camuso says whatever is affecting the birds travels through the group.

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Federal wildlife officials have made a formal recommendation that a bumble bee that was once quite common throughout eastern North America, including Maine, be listed as an endangered species.

Mark McCullough with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the range of the rusty patched bumble bee has decreased by 90 percent in the past decade. He says threats to the bee and other pollinators include loss of habitat, diseases and parasites.

The National Institute on Aging is awarding $25 million to the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor and Indiana University to support a new effort to combat Alzheimer’s disease.

Jackson Laboratory Associate Professor Gareth Howell says the Alzheimer’s Disease Precision Models Center will aim to create new mouse models for testing of drugs to fight the disease. He says the funds will let them efficiently test, in mice, many potential genetic variants that have been identified in humans.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine State Police have charged a 32-year-old Fairfield man with murder following the discovery of his wife's body on Tuesday.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says authorities took Luc Tieman into custody in Waterville this morning at about 10 o'clock.  Tieman is charged in the death of his wife, 34-year-old Valerie Tieman. 

McCausland says Tieman had spent the night in a motel, "and detectives this morning, in consultation with the Maine Attorney General's Office - we collectively made the decision - that an arrest was appropriate."

Attorneys general or their representatives from 46 states will be in Portland Tuesday for the sixth Triennial Conference on the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is hosting the gathering. She says among the issues attendees will be looking at are the health aspects of smoking, trends in youth smoking and whether the settlement agreement is continuing to be successful in helping fund anti-smoking programs.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority have activated message boards on the highway, alerting the public to an Old Town teenager's disappearance.

Old Town Police say 15-year-old Natalee Cote went missing Monday after being picked up from school by her stepfather.  They say the teen could possibly be in danger. 

Old Town Police Capt. Lee Miller says Natalee left willingly with 43-year-old Christopher Julian. "We've seen video at a store in Bangor that shows them walking together; shows her pushing the cart."

PORTLAND, Maine - Two of Maine organizations are receiving a total of almost $118,000 in federal funds to expand sports programs for disabled veterans. 

Pineland Farms in New Gloucester will receive almost $66,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to continue offering adaptive sports such as skiing, biathlon, tennis, archery, snowshoeing, fishing and oher activities.   

A public works crew in Kennebunkport spent the morning removing the decomposing of the carcass of a large Minke whale that washed up on Goose Rocks Beach.

“It took quite a while but we are happy to report that it has been removed in its entirety from the beach,” says Town Manager Laurie Smith.

Smith says workers cut the carcass into manageable pieces. WMTW is reporting that they were brought to a composting facility in Gorham.

Ed Morin / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - By the turn of the 20th century at least 70 lighthouses guarded Maine's seacoast, deep rivers and a lake.  Today 64 are still standing.  And tomorrow, on the 8th annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day, around two dozen, stretching from Kennebunkport to Lubec, will be open to the public, free of charge. 

Portland City Councilors voted last night to proceed with development of a solar-power array atop an old landfill in the city.

The measure would authorize the city manager to negotiate an agreement with ReVision Energy for installation of a 660 kilowatt solar power array on the closed and capped Ocean Avenue landfill.

Councilor Jon Hinck sponsored the measure. He says the city of Portland has long favored clean energy.

PORTLAND, Maine - As anticipated,  the Maine Turnpike was busy over the four-day Labor Day weekend.  

Turnpike spokesperson Rebecca Grover says preliminary numbers show that traffic was up almost 4.5 percent over last year, "and there were approximately 1.2 million transactions between the 4 days from Friday through Monday of Labor Day weekend."

Again this year, turnpike mascots Miles the Moose and Clawdette the Lobster were at the York Toll plaza in southern Maine saying goodbye to tourists and handing out Farmers Almanacs.  

Barbara Cariddi / MPBN

A 6- to 7-foot image of Gov. Paul LePage dressed in Ku Klux Klan regalia has been spray painted on a wall along a Portland walking trail that has long been used as a place to legally post graffiti.

The wall is owned by the Portland Water District. Spokesperson Michelle Clement says, about a decade and a half ago at the request of the city, the district agreed to allow the wall to be used as a sanctioned canvas for graffiti.

She says the agency has not monitored what goes on the wall.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine State Lottery says it finished the fiscal year that ended June 30 by setting a new record.  Total lottery sales exceeded $272 million.  

Tim Poulin, deputy director for the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, says that total beat a record set the previous year by almost $20 million.

"We did a little over  $178 million in prizes to players, which is about 65 percent of our total revenue that we brought in, so that's excellent news for our players," Poulins says. "They're playing more and they're winning more."

PORTLAND, Maine - A Portland-based air carrier that aims to connect underserved communities with popular destinations has announced a new service to Sarasota, Florida. 

Starting in November, Elite Airways is adding two non-stops flights a week between Portland International Jetport and Sarasota-Bradenton International.