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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There’s been a lot of attention lately about the possibility of election fraud. While state officials in Maine say instances of voter fraud are rare, there are a number of federal, state and local resources available on Election Day should voters have concerns.

“Every four years in connection with a presidential election the Department of Justice has a nationwide Election Day program which is designed to handle complaints,” says Don Clark, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maine.

Portland-based Preble Street, which provides services to people experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty, is getting two federal grants totaling more than a million dollars.

One is to help homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youths in southern Maine find supportive housing, and the second is for efforts to combat human trafficking.

Preble Street’s Elena Schmidt says almost 40 percent of homeless youth report being LGBTQ. She says $625,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeks to address their particular needs.

Verizon plans to close its Bangor call center by the end of March, a move that will affect around 200 employees.

Verizon spokesman Michael Murphy says ultimately this is a real estate exercise. He says there are larger centers in the U.S. with empty seats that they’re hoping to fill with workers from centers that are being closed.

“A lot of real estate with empty seats,” he says. “The idea is to try and consolidate folks, you know, as many as we can under the fewest amount of roofs possible.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has denied an additional extension for the state of Maine to comply with the U.S. REAL ID law, which could have an effect on the use of Maine driver’s licenses and IDs for identification.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says he feels it’s important that people know additional restrictions are not going to happen overnight.

“We’re working with our federal partners, our congressional delegation and with the Legislature and the governor’s office to sort of understand what our next steps should be,” he says.

LIMESTONE, Maine — A Maine-based solar power developer has signed a lease for more than 600 acres at the former Loring Air Force Base in northern Maine.

Ranger Solar said that project would produce up to 100 megawatts of power and would be the region’s largest solar project to date.

The state of Maine is making $250,000 available to help eligible Maine families without drinkable water because of well damage due to the drought.

MaineHousing’s Dan Brennan says the money comes in the form of a grant.

“There’s no repayment required and the money comes from our state HOME Fund, which is a portion of the real estate transfer tax that MaineHousing gets on a routine basis,” he says.

Brennan says there’s an income qualification of 80 percent of area median income. He says community action agencies will help homeowners assess their eligibility.

Bangor Savings Bank is warning the public — both customers and noncustomers — about a text-based phishing scam the bank says is working its way through Maine.

Bangor Savings Chief Risk Officer Andrew Grover says the company has been contacted by a number of customers who’ve received text messages asking the recipient to contact Bangor Savings Bank. Grover says the number provided in the text is not a Bangor Savings number.


All of a sudden, Maine is awash in color as leaves change from green to red, orange and yellow across the state.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says this Columbus Day weekend, northern Maine and the western mountains are expected to be at peak with moderate or high color change to the south and along the coast.

Fall foliage spokeswoman Gale Ross says the color seems to have emerged overnight and is increasing daily. She says color levels were very low just a week ago.

PORTLAND, Maine - Authorities in Maine are asking for the public's help as they investigate the third sinking of a Tenants Harbor lobsterman's boat in two months.

The most recent sinking of the 35-foot Liberty, owned by Anthony Hooper, happened sometime between the evening of Sept. 30 and the morning of Oct. 1.   Each incident occurred in Port Clyde, where the boat is moored.

"The Marine Patrol is working with the Knox County Sheriff's Office to investigate," says Marine Patrol spokesman Jeff Nichols.

An organization that works with southern Maine’s refugee and immigrant communities is getting $300,000 to work with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Immigration Resource Center of Maine in Lewiston, formerly called United Somali Women of Maine, will use the grant from the federal Office on Violence Against Women to maintain and expand its culturally specific sexual assault services for East African sex assault victims living in Southern Maine.

State wildlife officials say the deaths of three dozen juvenile herring gulls in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park over the past 3 weeks is not a cause for alarm.

Judy Camuso with the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says die-offs like this are relatively common in wild birds, but most of the time occur in places away from the public. She says this type of mortality is typically seen in birds that nest in colonies, such as herring gulls.

Camuso says whatever is affecting the birds travels through the group.

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Federal wildlife officials have made a formal recommendation that a bumble bee that was once quite common throughout eastern North America, including Maine, be listed as an endangered species.

Mark McCullough with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the range of the rusty patched bumble bee has decreased by 90 percent in the past decade. He says threats to the bee and other pollinators include loss of habitat, diseases and parasites.

The National Institute on Aging is awarding $25 million to the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor and Indiana University to support a new effort to combat Alzheimer’s disease.

Jackson Laboratory Associate Professor Gareth Howell says the Alzheimer’s Disease Precision Models Center will aim to create new mouse models for testing of drugs to fight the disease. He says the funds will let them efficiently test, in mice, many potential genetic variants that have been identified in humans.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine State Police have charged a 32-year-old Fairfield man with murder following the discovery of his wife's body on Tuesday.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says authorities took Luc Tieman into custody in Waterville this morning at about 10 o'clock.  Tieman is charged in the death of his wife, 34-year-old Valerie Tieman. 

McCausland says Tieman had spent the night in a motel, "and detectives this morning, in consultation with the Maine Attorney General's Office - we collectively made the decision - that an arrest was appropriate."

Attorneys general or their representatives from 46 states will be in Portland Tuesday for the sixth Triennial Conference on the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is hosting the gathering. She says among the issues attendees will be looking at are the health aspects of smoking, trends in youth smoking and whether the settlement agreement is continuing to be successful in helping fund anti-smoking programs.