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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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.

There is disagreement among legislative Republicans on how lawmakers should react to the latest controversy surrounding Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

At a closed caucus Tuesday night in Augusta, House Republicans resolved to vote against the Legislature returning in special session to consider sanctions against the governor following the obscenity-laced voicemail he left for Democratic state Rep. Drew Gattine last week.

One of the bridges that connects Maine and New Hampshire is stuck in the up position and closed to all motor vehicle traffic at least through tomorrow because of a mechanical problem.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which carries the U.S. Route 1 bypass over the Piscataqua River between Kittery and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was raised into its default position early this morning to allow for river traffic.

State health officials are urging Mainers to take precautions as tickborne diseases surge in the state.

The Maine Center For Disease Control and Prevention says, as warm weather continues and Mainers enjoy outdoor activities, the state has received a record number of tickborne disease reports.

While mention of ticks often brings Lyme disease to mind, state epidemiologist Dr Siri Bennett says deer ticks can also carry other diseases such as anaplamosis and babesiosis, which are also on the rise.

Researchers at the University of Maine are using a $400,000 three year grant to study the survival of endangered Atlantic Salmon moving upstream in the Penobscot River as adults and moving downstream into the ocean as juveniles.

“Trying to understand the connectivity in the life history for these fish and certainly looking at that in the context of dams as impediments for movement in terms of delay as well as in terms of survival,” says Joe Zydlewski, a professor in the department of wildlife fisheries and conservation biology at the University of Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Department of Marine Resources has reopened the menhaden fishery, after closing it earlier this month.

Department spokesperson Jeff Nichols says the state closed the fishery because initial reports seemed to indicate that the quota of menhaden - or pogies - for Maine, Rhode Island and New York, had been used up.

But Nichols says that's turned out not to be true. "We determined that there still are more fish to catch."

More than 100,000 pages of historical Maine newspapers will be digitized and made available online through a two-year, $275,000 grant the Maine State Library is getting from from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The state library’s Adam Fisher says the project will involve creating digital images of Master microfilm copies of newspapers printed prior to 1923, after which copyright starts to apply for publications.

Fisher says the masters are located in a variety of places.

State fisheries officials are urging Maine anglers to keep in mind that recent hot dry weather can have a negative effect on coldwater species such as trout and landlocked salmon.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Fisheries Director Francis Brautigam says this time of year, it’s not unusual to experience low flows and elevated water temperatures in streams, lakes and ponds. He says the real difference this year is the duration.

Those fishing are being asked to be more conscientious when fishing and handling fish.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

Four farmer-owners, originally from Somalia, are starting a new 30-acre cooperative farm on College Street in Lewiston.