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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St. Joseph's College in Standish has launched an initiative to support Maine's sustainable agriculture community and the food and beverage industry.     

St. Joseph's entrepreneur-in-residence, Peter Nielsen, says $4 million in public and private funds will be used to create the infrastructure for the Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation. 

He says include a quarter-acre hydroponic farm and green house, a food manufacturing incubator with a commercial kitchen for scaling up home processing operations, a biomass boiler system, and a livestock farm.     

Sales of existing single-family homes in Maine increased by more than 6 percent in August compared to the year before.

The Maine Association of Realtors says the median sales price for the homes also increased by more than 4.5 percent, to $206,000.

Association Vice President Kim Gleason says the inventory of houses up for sale is still extremely tight across the entire state.

“We’ve had active phone calls with presidents of local boards and everybody’s reporting basically the same thing, which is low inventory,” she says.

In the wake of the massive security breach at credit reporting agency Equifax, the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection is urging Mainers to take the matter seriously and take steps to protect their identity, financial accounts and credit reports.

Bureau Principal Examiner David Leach says, while there are state and federal laws in place to protect consumers in the event of a data breach, Mainers have an important tool they can use.

In an effort to increase low- and middle-income housing opportunities in Portland, city councilors have approved zoning incentives for development along some city corridors and in certain commercial areas.

Jeff Levine, planning and urban development director for the City of Portland, says the city was hearing from affordable housing developers that they were getting outbid for properties they were trying to buy on the private market.

He says the developers couldn’t commit as much money because they didn’t know whether they’d be able to get necessary zoning changes.

State education officials had hoped to have a new online certification database up and running in July.

Department spokeswoman Rachel Paling says, due to what she calls inevitable roadblocks in getting the new system up and running, it won’t be available to the public until mid-October. She says it’s operating internally right now.

All public school employees must have proper credentials for their job, including passing a criminal background check. Paling says the public will be able to go into the system and type in the name of their son or daughter’s teacher.

So far this year there have been at least 100 traffic deaths in the state of Maine, including more than 20 in the month of August alone. Five people lost their lives in Maine traffic crashes last year over the Labor Day weekend, and state highway safety officials are asking drivers in the state to be extra cautious this year.

Portland has installed 13 sound monitors across the city to collect noise data.

Officials say the devices will allow the city to get a baseline for all daily activities that produce noise. However, the impetus for collecting the data stems from noise in the Old Port and outdoor concerts.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District has introduced legislation to ensure that veterans’ spouses and children who are buried at tribal veterans cemeteries are provided government-furnished headstones or markers, the same as family members buried at national and state veterans cemeteries.

Poliquin says, right now, only the veterans themselves, buried in tribal veterans cemeteries, are eligible for the memorials.

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A company based in Portland that provides software platforms to retailers who want to sell, market and distribute gift cards has been acquired by a California-based financial technology company that operates in 26 countries.

CashStar has been purchased by Blackhawk Network for $175 million. Cash Star head Ben Kaplan says being acquired by Blackhawk will make it easier for CashStar to build an international business.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is cautioning people thinking about contributing to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort to make sure they know who they’re donating to.

Mills says, while a natural disaster brings out the best in people, it can also give rise to those who want to take advantage of the situation.

“Try to scam you out of your money, prey on your good intentions and your real desire to help other people in the world, and take your money and not use it for the purpose intended,” she says.

Last Friday was move-in day for almost 2,500 incoming first-year students at the University of Maine in Orono. Some new students and their parents were greeted that day with a couple of large, spray-painted banners hung on private off-campus residences that read “Honk if she’s 18.” and “Mother and Daughter Drop Off.”

Robert Dana, UMaine vice president for student life, says he heard about the banners late Friday morning. He says he visited both locations, spoke with those involved and the banners were then taken down.

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Maine’s wild blueberry crop is likely to be much smaller this year than in recent summers because the industry is contending with troubles such too much rain, wind and cold in the spring, too little rain later on, disease and poor pollination.

David Yarborough, blueberry specialist with UMaine Cooperative Extension, says while the number of berries is pretty good, they are very small this year.

The U.S. Geological Survey says there was a small earthquake just after noon today in the Cape Elizabeth area. State Geologist Robert Marvinney says the magnitude 2.0 tremor happened just offshore.

“For people right in the Cape Elizabeth area a shallow earthquake like that will generate a fair amount of rumbling and people rumbling and they feel it,” says Marvinney.

He says reports that people heard a boom are consistent with this type of quake.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills
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Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says three supplement marketers have settled a complaint filed by her office and the Federal Trade Commission about a deceptive sales campaign.

Mills says the federal complaint charged that three corporations and six individuals conducted a deceptive campaign to sell joint and cognitive health supplements in violation of state and federal laws. She says the remaining three defendants to settle are ad agency Synergixx, its principal Charlie Fusco and collaborator Ronald Jahner.

Misty Meadows Farms in Clinton prepares for the Farm Days trade show Thur., Aug. 23 & Fri., Aug. 24.
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A working farm in Clinton is hosting a two day Agricultural Trade Show through tomorrow. Organizers say Maine Farms Days at Misty Meadows Farm is designed to give the public and farmers the opportunity to visit a working farm, see the operation of new equipment and technology and experience different areas of agriculture.

Dale Finseth, Executive Director of the Kennebec Soil and Water Conversation District, says the event dates back to at least 1969. He says it’s his understanding that the event initially focused on dairy farms and farmers.

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