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 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.

Many of the most productive shellfishing areas in Casco Bay have been shut down due to the presence of a rare late-season toxic algae bloom.

The closure stretches from Portland Harbor to the west side of Harpswell.  The Portland Press Herald reports that the ban affects hundreds of acres of productive clam flats in Freeport and Brunswick, as well as mussel and oyster farms in those locales and around Chebeague Island.

State police say they arrested a 17-year-old boy Monday afternoon inside one of eight seasonal homes that had been broken into along Messalonskee Lake in Belgrade, including one in which the teen was living.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says a trooper responded after an alarm had been set off.

“Found that that home had been broken into and then started finding others and, as he continued to search the neighborhood, he was inside one of those homes broken into and encountered a young teenager face to face and arrested him at gunpoint,” he says.

The Maine scallop season got underway for a few fishermen Friday, with a larger opening coming on Monday.

Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols says Friday was the first day for scallop divers. Draggers will be able to go out Monday.

“It’s somewhere around 30 divers total. It’s a little more than 30 and the exact number of draggers, I’m not sure. I believe it’s somewhere in the 300-400 range,” he says.

A nonprofit organization that owns 2,200 affordable housing units in southern Maine and southern New Hampshire says it has seen a large increase in the number of people seeking those accommodations.

Avesta Housing Development Officer Greg Payne says, through the first three quarters of this year, nearly 3,000 households have contacted the organization looking for an affordable place to live.

A six-bed inpatient hospice facility is under construction in Presque Isle, thanks to a $2.8 million direct loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   

The Aroostook Hospice Foundation is converting a former MBNA Call Center, which sits on 15 acres of land. 

Half of the building is being retrofitted to provide administrative space for the agency that will provide care within the hospice house. 

Sales of single family homes in Maine were up 8 percent in October compared to the year before.  The median sales price for those homes was also up.

That's according to the Maine Association of Realtors.  The trade group says the median sales price last month was $205,000, 6.5 percent more than in October, 2016.    

Maine Association of Realtors President Greg Gosselin says while the inventory of homes for sale is still at historic lows, it is improving, though it might have leveled off in October.

Police in Falmouth are warning about the possibility that discarded turkeys are being redistributed, something officials are calling a “very bad idea.”

A recent study indicates that more than 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will change ownership over the next 10 years as farmers age and retire.

That’s the focus of the third annual Farmland Access Conference taking place early next month and co-hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good.

Ellen Sabina, outreach director at Maine Farmland Trust, says the daylong conference will take a look at what happens to that land and how to get farmers onto it.

Motorists looking to travel across the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge - which will carry the U.S. Route 1 bypass between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will have to wait a little longer. 

State Transportation officials says the span is scheduled to be opened to traffic by year's end.  And Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot says the opening ceremony, which had been scheduled for Dec. 1,  has been pushed back until spring.  

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The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine has obtained approval to leave its downtown Portland building for a new location.

The Portland Planning Board approved a permit Tuesday that will allow the museum to move to a yet-to-be-constructed building on Thompson’s Point.

Executive Director Suzanne Olson says they’ve outgrown their current space, one they’ve been in for 20 years. She says the new building will be three stories tall and occupy about 30,000 square feet.

Wednesday is the first day that Maine is accepting applications for a place in next year’s baby eel fishing lottery.

The baby eels, known as elvers, are typically worth well over $1,000 per pound.

This will be the first lottery since 2013. Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols says that’s when regional fisheries regulators capped Maine’s elver harvest, and the Legislature decided to stop issuing new licenses for the fishery.

Mainers who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using a Western Union wire transfer between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, may now seek compensation.

Maine and 49 other states have settled with Western Union, which has come up with $586 million for a victims’ compensation fund that will be administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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A trade group says Maine’s wild blueberry crop fell sharply this summer to below 100 million pounds for the first time in four years.

Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine Executive Director Nancy McBrady says preliminary industry figures show the crop coming in at about 65 million pounds. Among factors for the decline were bad growing conditions.

“We had a wet, cool spring, not a heck of a good condition for pollination. And we had a really dry August, which caused the plants to be less productive,” she says.

A bipartisan measure that would create a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer's disease and preserve brain health has been introduced by Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins. 

In a speech on the Senate floor Monday, Collins said the so-called BOLD act would apply a public health approach to Alzheimer's disease, which she says is one of the greatest, most under-recognized threats.

"Five-and-a-half million Americans are living with the disease," she said, "and that number will soar as our population continues to grow older and lives longer."

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