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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The Coast Guard is urging members of the public who haven’t done so already to remove their ice shacks from the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers as it begins its annual spring breakout to reduce the risk of flooding as snow and river ice melts.

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Nichols says the operation begins Wednesday, and is being done in two phases using four ice breakers — three at 65 feet and one at 140 feet.

Leading Ellsworth businesswoman and longtime First Amendment advocate Helen Dudman has died.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Dudman died at the Parker Ridge Retirement Community on Monday. She was 93.

Dudman, who served on the Maine Public Board of Trustees, owned 3 radio stations in Ellsworth and Bangor. She worked for many years at Post-Newsweek Stations in Washington, D.C., and as executive women’s editor of the Washington Post.

Franklin County in western Maine is one of four rural sites across the country chosen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to take part in a 100-day effort to end and prevent youth homelessness.

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A shipyard from East Boothbay has been chosen to build a 250-passenger vessel for the Maine State Ferry Service.

The Maine Department of Transportation is awarding the $8.8 million contract to Washburn & Doughty. The Maine State Ferry Service serves the island communities of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, Swans island, Frenchboro and Matinicus.

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Verso Thursday announced that it plans to upgrade and restart the No.3 paper machine at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay later this year, creating around 120 new full-time jobs.

Verso spokesperson Kathi Rowzie says the machine will be used to manufacture a variety of packaging products rather than the graphic papers formerly produced on the machine.

“We expect the machines to restart in the third quarter of this year,” says Rowzie.

State transportation officials are close to finishing multi-million dollar emergency repairs to an Augusta overpass, but are still at a loss about who caused the damage.

Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman Ted Talbot says, by Thursday evening, all the ramps for the Augusta Exit 109 interchange on Western Avenue should be restored to their original configuration.

Last October a DOT maintenance worker discovered that a vehicle had struck an exterior bridge beam, causing significant damage.

A state-funded halfway house for young men leaving the juvenile detention facility in South Portland is scheduled to open in March.

The Portland residence is designed to house six young men between the ages of 18 and 21 as they make the transition from the Long Creek Youth Development Center into the community. The nonprofit Opportunity Alliance will run the program, which is funded by the Department of Corrections.

Confidential information of around 100 Waldo County employees was stolen earlier this week in a phishing attack. County spokesperson David Farmer says that Monday someone impersonating a county official emailed a county worker and was able to obtain employee W-2 forms.

“Once the county realized what had happened they moved into a rapid response cycle to make sure that they took as much precaution as possible to protect employees and to notify appropriate law enforcement and governmental officials,” says Farmer.

In an unusual move, Gov. Paul LePage attended a legislative work session Tuesday afternoon to speak in support of his legislation designed to ensure that elderly homeowners who can’t pay their property taxes don’t lose their homes.

The governor’s office says the legislation stems from a situation last year in which an elderly couple — he a disabled veteran and she a former nurse with health issues — lost the home they had lived in for 33 years when the town foreclosed on it and it was sold for $6,500.

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A bet’s a bet. Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling says he’ll make good on a Superbowl bet he made with the mayor of Portland, Pennsylvania.

In addition to lobster and local craft beer, Strimling agreed that, if the New England Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, which they did, he’d shave his head.

“I said, ‘Patriots can’t lose, count me in, I’ll shave my head if the Eagles win,’ and here we are today,” he says.

And what may make this situation a little harder for the mayor is that he says he’s not a Patriots fan.

A Maine-based group of companies has purchased the former Old Town pulp mill complex, which has had several different owners in recent years.

OTM Holdings LLC says it plans to redevelop the site into a wood fiber-based complex with multiple tenants. The group’s business development director, Everett Deschenes, says the investors in the project are involved in Maine’s forest industry. He says with so many Maine mills shutting down in recent years, the investors have had problems getting rid of their low-grade fiber.

Federal legislation designed to help protect amateur athletes from sexual abuse is on its way to President Trump for his signature. The bill, authored by Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins and California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, passed unanimously today in the Senate. Monday night the House passed it on a vote of 406 to 3.

Collins says that, "Amateur athletic governing bodies, like U.S.A. Gymnastics and other U.S. Olympic organizations, will now be required to immediately report every allegation of sexual abuse to the proper authorities."

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Recent winter storms and flooding are causing problems at a section of Acadia National Park, including the Sieur de Monts. Nature Center, Spring House and Wild Gardens of Acadia.

Park spokesperson Christie Anastasia says the Sieur de Monts parking lot is closed until further notice.

“We've had a lot of rain and melting of snow and the area in sieur de monts received quite a bit of that water and then it froze so there's over a foot of ice in the area,” she says.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has formally reprimanded a former York County probate judge who has been punished a number of times for ethical violations.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the ruling involves a decision Robert Nadeau made in a child custody case. Nadeau had ordered a woman to pay $23 a week in child support payments. She claimed Nadeau was retaliating because of posts she had made about his candidacy in an upcoming election. The paper says the woman had asked Nadeau to recuse himself, but he declined.

The National Weather Service says that an ice jam on the Kennebec River is continuing to cause problems.
The water level is rising in Augusta and, early this afternoon, was less than 1 foot below the flood stage level.
Forecasters say that due to the cold weather last night, soft ice is flowing downstream and accumulating in Augusta. More ice is expected to flow into the jam tonight.

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