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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State wildlife biologists use the harvesting of female deer to manage population numbers. A proposal that would allow Maine hunters to take more does this fall in southern Maine, while decreasing the number in the north, is up for public hearing Tuesday evening in Augusta.

Biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife propose increasing the number of "any deer" permits by 28 percent. Any Deer permits allow hunters to harvest deer of either sex.

Governor Paul LePage says that while he supports Donald Trump and his administration, he has does not support tariffs, which he says can't work because the U.S. is too big of a user of world commodities.

This morning at the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce' s Eggs and Issues breakfast, LePage took aim at tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian steel. The Governor says most of the steel that comes into Maine is from Canada.

All signs point to lawmakers returning to Augusta for a special session next week.

House Republican leader Ken Fredette says the GOP caucus supports getting back to work, now that the appropriations committee reached an agreement. Fredette says the agreement calls for any Medicaid expansion proposal to be handled separately.

On Maine Public's Maine Calling program Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon says members are being polled, and she expects legislators to agree to return next week.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

In an unexpected announcement, Maine's chief justice says that in the future state court records will be available to the public online.  

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says she envisions something similar to the federal PACER system which charges a small fee for online access to  court documents such as schedules, motions and decisions.

Independent Maine gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes wants her campaign volunteers to be able to show up at polling places on primary election day to distribute and display campaign literature and materials, speak with voters and collect $5 contributions for Hayes’ clean election effort.

Newell Augur, legal counsel for the Hayes for Maine campaign, says they have been told several times they can’t do that because of a statute that places restrictions on activities at polling places by a candidate whose name appears on the ballot on that election day.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources via AP

An invasive pest that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America has finally been found in Maine.

Maine conservation and forestry officials say they have long anticipated that the emerald ash borer, a forest insect from Asia, would make its way to the state.

State Entomologist Dave Struble says they have been looking for the borer in the state for about 15 years and finally found it last week in Madawaska. The ash borer had just been discovered across the river in Edmunston, New Brunswick.

On technical grounds, a federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Nestle Waters North America, the parent company of Poland Spring.

The suit alleges that the company has been perpetuating a colossal fraud against American consumers by claiming on its label that bottles contain 100 percent natural spring water. In their suit plaintiffs say Poland Spring products contain ordinary ground water collected from wells.

Rather than deal with these allegations, the judge agrees with Nestle that plaintiffs' claims are all preempted by federal law.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Investigators with the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department are following up on leads as they try to identify the individuals who vandalized 22 RSU 16 School District buses and a pick-up truck parked at the administrative office in Poland.

The RSU 16 district includes the towns of Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls. Chief Deputy William Gagne says the office has received a few calls. Gagne says, in addition, that a couple who lives in RSU 16 has offered a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved with the criminal mischief.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday challenging the state Medicaid program's ban against covering abortions.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has appealed a Maine Superior Court decision against the group's lawsuit filed on behalf of three abortion providers.

Changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill coming into effect on Aug. 1 could have a significant effect on the amount of housing money students receive.

Currently, rates take into account the cost of housing where the main campus of the school is located. Beginning in August, housing payments will be calculated using the zip code of where the student is physically taking most classes.

Robert Haley, director of the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs, says the change is an effort to right-size housing payments.

Paul Cyr / Crown of Maine Photography

Maine wildlife officials say the recovery of the bald eagle is a true conservation success story. In the 1970's there were fewer than 40 nesting pairs in Maine, predominately Down East, but five years ago there were more than 600 nesting pairs of eagles scattered across the state.

"Back then it was extremely rare to see a bald eagle. Now if you're in certain areas of the state it can be a daily occurrence," says Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman Mark Latti.

Groups that want to end Maine’s opioid crisis say a new state law will help reduce stigma by tweaking language in existing statutes.

The law removes references to terms like alcohol and drug abuse and replaces them with “substance use disorder.” Rather than saying alcoholic or drug addict, “person with substance use disorder” is used.

Auburn Republican State Sen. and U.S. Senate candidate Eric Brakey sponsored the legislation. He says this was a recommendation proposed by a special legislative task force looking into the state’s opioid crisis.

State police have identified a man fatally shot by a trooper early Monday morning after an hours-long standoff in the Androscoggin County town of Wales.

Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says Trooper James Macdonald shot and killed 54-year-old William Derick during an armed confrontation.

McCausland says police were called to a mobile home about 9 p.m. Sunday after a shot allegedly had been fired at a woman in a domestic violence incident. The woman was not injured.

Mal Leary / Maine Public/file

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation don't see eye-to-eye on President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says that while Tuesday’s decision is not surprising, it is disappointing and potentially disastrous to U.S. interests. He says by all accounts, the plan effectively hindered Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons in the near term.

Elizabeth Truskowski / New York Department of Environmental Conservation via AP

Maine officials are looking to hire scientists to manage and monitor endangered birds that nest along the state’s coast.

Documents say the management and monitoring of piping plovers and least terns will cost about $178,000. The two birds are listed as endangered in Maine and considered by state authorities to be at risk of localized extinction.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says it would need four to six biologists to monitor and manage the birds on 25 beaches between Ogunquit and Georgetown.