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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Portland city councilors vote tonight on whether to raise the legal age to buy tobacco in the city from 18 to 21.  The measure has already won approval of the council's Health and Human Services Committee on a three to nothing vote.
Councilor Ed Suslovic chairs the committee.  He says a lot of research shows that teenagers are particularly susceptible to marketing by tobacco companies and are more likely to become lifelong smokers.

PORTLAND, Maine - The average price of gasoline in Maine dropped more than three cents in the past week, comparable to what's being seen nationwide.

GasBuddy analyst Gregg Laskoski says that's despite the high demand for gasoline in June. "We know that the Department of Energy has projected a 4 percent increase in fuel consumption this year, and yet even with the increased demand we're seeing retail gasoline prices declining."

Part of the reason for the decline, Laskoski says, is the smooth transition refineries made from producing winter blend gasoline to summer blend.

For the first time, an air carrier is making commercial jet service available at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport.

Today, Elite Air begins Friday service to and from Portland, continuing to Islip, New York. There’ll be another Portland flight on Sundays.

Airport Manager Brad Madeira says Thursday and Sunday service to and from Newark begins at the end of the month with continued service to Vero Beach, Florida.

Four health centers across Maine are sharing more than $1.5 million in federal dollars to expand oral health services.

The four are among 19 health centers in Maine that receive funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The facilities are designed to serve medically underserved populations.

HRSA Communications Director Martin Kramer says there’s a variety of things the centers can do with the money.

The Maine Army National Guard plans to build a $15.5 million, 43,000 square foot regional readiness center in Presque Isle to replace the current facility in Caribou, which houses the 185th Engineer Support Company, a unit of the 133rd Engineer Battalion.

Col. Dwaine Drummond, the Maine Guard’s director of facilities and engineering, says the center in Caribou has reached its life expectancy. He says the new Northern Maine Readiness Center will contain all the administrative support offices for full-time staff.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland City Council is set to vote Monday on a resolution to remove the exclusion for trangender health care services from the municipal employee health plan. 

The resolution is sponsored by Mayor Ethan Strimling and City Manager Jon Jennings and co-sponsored by the  entire City Council. 

Strimling says the resolution makes clear that the city supports health care services for trangender people in order to protect the health, safety and quality of life for all Portland residents.

Agricultural experts in Maine are giving this year’s strawberry season a thumbs up.

David Handley, vegetable and small fruit specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, says that’s despite the relative lack of protective snow cover last winter.

The Maine State Housing Authority has been awarded $3.4 million in federal dollars for lead abatement efforts.

With the money, the authority says it will address lead hazards in housing units for low- and very-low-income families with children.

MaineHousing spokesperson Deborah Turcotte says that, in addition to getting the lead paint out of homes, the authority will be providing ways to remove lead dust.

The composition of the next Legislature will begin to take shape after Maine voters go to the polls on Tuesday.

There will be 30 primary contests in State House races, the winners of which will go on to compete in the general election. In some instances the winners of those races will immediately find themselves in a strong position to win in November, but in other swing district contests, the winners of Tuesday’s primary will likely engage in tough races against the other party’s nominee.

If you care, leave them there — that’s the message state wildlife officials want to get out during a time of year when wildlife becomes more visible.

Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman Mark Latti says, as the weather gets warmer and more people are enjoying the outdoors, it’s not unusual for people to come across baby fawns, moose calves, robins, raccoons and other young wildlife. He says that does not mean it’s a good idea for people to intervene.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has handed down punishments to seven harness-racing drivers and owners accused of providing a banned substance to horses.
All seven were convicted of giving cobalt to their animals. All seven were fined, and five have been suspended from racing, four of them for more than a year. 

PORTLAND, Maine - Searchers this morning recovered the body of a 14-year-old Portland boy from the Presumpscot River, after the tandem kayak he was in capsized Thursday evening.

Maine Department of Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols says Mohammad Al Ammar was paddling with a friend. 

"The other boy was wearing a life jacket and he evidently made it to shore," Nichols says. "However, Mohammed did not, and so that prompted a search that started shortly thereafter."

In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rates in Maine, renters would need to earn just over $17 an hour, and in parts of the state the so-called housing wage would be much higher.

That’s according to the National Low Income Housing Coaltion’s annual “Out of Reach” report. Among its findings, the study indicates that the typical renter in Maine earns almost $7 less than the hourly wage needed to afford a modest two-bedroom home.

An small internet service provider in Washington County has been awarded almost $73,000 from the Microsoft Corporation. The money will be used to help provide affordable wireless internet to up to forty rural customers who, to this point, have been beyond internet reach. Mark Ouellette is president and COO of grant recipient Axiom Technolgies, based in Machias. He says his company will employ so-called TV white space, frequencies previously used to provide analog TV signals.

A Portland Fire Department hazmat team, along with several other agencies, were able to contain an industrial ammonia leak Tuesday.

Portland Fire Chief David Jackson says around 5 a.m., a worker called 911 after smelling ammonia outside a building that houses Paradigm Windows and a refrigerated warehouse operated by the parent company of Barber Foods.