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 BA 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, DC, 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 sons.

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Maine’s largest electric utility has a new leader, Doug Herling. A Maine native, Herling started with Central Maine Power as an equipment operator in 1985. He rose through the ranks, most recently overseeing electric operations for parent-company Avangrid, a company that serves 2.2 million customers in New England.  Herling sat down with Maine Public's Ed Morin to discuss consumer costs, the influence of renewable energy,  and his vision for the company.

Maine’s top marine official is opposed to proposed federal regulations that would require all commercial lobster harvesters in Maine to file landing reports.

Maine currently selects at random 10 percent of the state’s lobstermen for reporting. Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols says DMR Commissioner Patrick Kelliher believes 10 percent is sufficient, but that it’s possible to improve the data by eliminating a couple of classes of license holders who currently can be chosen to submit data.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says he wants to remind Maine residents that state driver’s licenses and ID cards are currently valid for federal purposes such as air travel.

Maine has a waiver in place through Oct. 10 of this year as the state works to comply with the federal Real ID law.

Dunlap says many people are seeing outdated or inaccurate information online, particularly on social media.

Local recyclers are facing financial and logistical challenges brought on by a lack of global demand.

On Jan. 1, China banned 24 kinds of recyclables it used to import. That ban affects material sales for organizations like ecomaine.

General manager Kevin Roche says moving waste like residential paper is more costly than it was last year.

As Mainers continue to deal with cold temperatures, a scam has resurfaced in which Central Maine Power customers are threatened with immediate disconnection unless they make a substantial payment immediately.

CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice says the company has seen an uptick in inquiries from residential and business customers who say they have gotten calls from individuals purporting to be from CMP.

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Maine is bracing for an ocean storm that will track close enough to the state Thursday to produce heavy snow.

“We are expecting about 8-12 inches throughout most of southern and western Maine and, once you get toward Penobscot Bay and points to the east, 12-18 inches plus are possible, certainly from Penobscot up through Washington County,” says Tom Hawley with the National Weather Service in Gray.

With the significant drop in temperatures comes an uptick in cold-related fires in Maine.

State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas says his office has been notified about at least a dozen incidents over this past three-day weekend. Thomas says a number of the incidents involve alternative heating measures, such as wood stoves and space heaters, or people trying to thaw pipes.

Unemployment remains historically low in Maine.

The state Labor Department says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 3.3 percent, down from 3.5 percent in October and from 3.8 percent a year ago.

Labor Department economist Glenn Mills says the state is about to complete its second consecutive calendar year with unemployment averaging below 4 percent.

“This has only occurred 2 other times on record: in 2000-2001 and then in the late 1950s. So we’re in a really healthy period,” he says.

In the 6 years from 2010 to 2016, elderly Mainers lost some $28 million to financial exploitation, most at the hands of children, grandchildren or other family members, and the amount could be much, much more. That’s according to a new report produced by USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, based on an analysis of 864 cases.

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American Airlines will soon add nonstop jet service from Portland to Chicago O’Hare.

Portland International Jetport Assistant Director Zachary Sundquist says American will start twice daily Chicago flights beginning June 7.

“We already have Chicago O’Hare service with United. But one of the things that we get requested a lot by many of our business partners is additional westbound capacity,” he says. “Many of our business travelers don’t like flying south an hour or two to then start flying west.”

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As expected, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn Obama-era rules that were designed to prevent internet service providers from, for instance, demanding higher payments to move data more quickly over their networks. Under net neutrality, internet service providers were required to treat all internet content the same.

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The Maine Turnpike reached a significant milestone Wednesday — the 47-mile stretch of the toll highway running from Kittery to Portland opened 70 years ago.

Spokesperson Erin Courtney says a number of firsts were marked when the Turnpike opened. For example, with its posted 60 mph speed limit, the pike was Maine’s first mile-per-minute highway. Courtney says before that, the Kittery-Portland trip along Route 1 took the better part of a day rather than 47 minutes.

She says the Maine Turnpike was America’s first asphalt superhighway.

The Maine Community College System is partnering with Bath Iron Works to deliver technical training to as many as 90 people interested in being welders and manufacturing technicians.

Those who successfully complete the programs will be interviewed for jobs at BIW, with additional job-specific training provided to those who are hired.

Dan Belyea, MCCS interim director of workforce training, says BIW has a number of people who are getting to retirement age.

A legal challenge to the city of South Portland’s so-called Clear Skies Ordinance can continue now that a federal judge has refused to dismiss the suit.

The Portland Pipe Line Corp. is challenging the legality of the South Portland ordinance, which prohibits all bulk loading of crude oil at South Portland harbor.

The PPLC would like to reverse the flow of its 236-mile pipeline and send crude oil from Montreal to South Portland, something effectively prohibited by the ordinance.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has joined fourteen other state attorneys general in a lawsuit alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency, under President Donald Trump, has failed to meet a smog pollution deadline.

The Clean Air Act requires EPA to designate areas of the country which have attained public health and welfare standards for smog and also those which have not met the standards. The deadline was Oct. 1.

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