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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In order to meet demand for it’s iconic rubber-sole boots, Maine-based L.L.Bean has opened a new, larger facility in Lewiston.

The company says this new operation will give it the equipment and employment capacity it needs. L.L.Bean spokesman Mac McKeever says the company now has three molding machines to make the rubber bottoms: two in Lewiston and one in Brunswick.

“We sold over 600,000 pairs last year. This year we’re looking to produce over 750,000, and by 2018 we hope to make over a million,” he says.

Maine State Police have joined joined the investigation into the disappearance of a 48-year-old man from the Hancock County town of Franklin.    

Spokesman Steve McCausland says Russell Burnett was last seen in February walking about a half mile from his home on Eastbrook Road. He says both the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Maine Warden Service have been looking for Burnett since a relative reported him missing.

Portland officials say it’s possible that two citizen-initiated referendums will appear on the ballot this November, after all.

Groups that gathered signatures in support of rent stabilization and rezoning initiatives were initially told that, due to an error by the city clerk’s office, there wouldn’t be enough time to hold public hearings and submit the questions to the public 90 days before the election.

The state of Maine is getting almost $8 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help pay for improving or replacing 22 state-owned rail bridges in northeastern Maine.  The service is operated by Maine Northern Railway.

Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt says the plan is to get the bridges up to the 286,000-pound limit.  He says that's an important factor for a railroad company and anybody shipping.

With the aim of fostering a more competitive generic drug marketplace and driving down the price of prescription medications, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins spoke today in favor of a measure to reauthorize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The measure includes provisions co-authored by Collins aimed at lowering, or at least moderating, escalating drug prices, which she says are a key cost driver in the U.S. health care system.

Facing an anticipated shortage of about 50 school bus drivers across the state, the Maine departments of education and labor are reaching out to veterans to let them know there’s free training available to those interested in becoming bus drivers.

Maine Department of Labor spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz says veterans make good school bus driver candidates.

“Because they are very mission-centric and they are often people who have been servicing and protecting our country, and they understand the need to serve and protect our schoolkids,” she says.

Continuing a trend that the state of Maine has seen for a number of months, real estate values continue to rise, even as the number of sales continues to drop.

Maine Association of Realtors President Greg Gosselin says the increase in price is tied to a persistent lack of inventory. He says this is of particular concern along the coast.

Gosselin says while there are a lot of people looking for homes, current home owners are concerned that, if they sell, they won’t be able to find a suitable property to move into.

With an eye toward increasing affordable housing in Portland, Mayor Ethan Strimling has proposed changes to a city zoning ordinance.

One change would double the amount of so-called workforce housing required in housing developments of 10 or more units. Strimling also wants to lower how much people would have to pay to own or rent such units.

Strimling says he wants to make sure middle-income people are able to afford to stay in the city.

Declining demand for coated paper is behind the upcoming closure of a paper machine and associated equipment in Jay.

“We will be permanently shutting down the No. 3 paper machine at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, effective Aug. 1, and we expect that the shutdown will be complete by the end of the third quarter of this year,” says Verso spokesperson Kathi Rowzie.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it will resume most of its whale disentanglement operations. However, rescues operations for entangled right whales, a highly endangered species, will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on circumstances and the availability of responders with the highest level of training.

The agency is singling out right whales because of what NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver says is the unpredictable behavior of right whales which can be particularly challenging during rescue attempts.

Firefighters responded to a fire at Brookfield Place plaza in Waterboro around 10 a.m. Sunday.

There was so much damage that the cause of the fire, which destroyed the strip mall, may never be known.

Crews contained the blaze within an hour and a half. Fire Marshal Sgt. Scott Richardson says all indications are that the fire started in the area of the Asian Taste Restaurant, one of three businesses in the shopping complex, and quickly spread to the other businesses.

“No one was in the Asian Taste Restaurant at the time,” he says.

In an effort to reduce unnecessary hospital readmission rates, the Eastern Maine Medical Center Emergency Department is partnering with primary care providers in a research study aimed at ensuring timely follow-up care.

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment authored by Maine Second District Congressman Bruce Poliquin designed to ensure BIW is on track to build two DDG-51 destroyers. A provision was added to the House Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Bill that would have retroactively imposed new statutory requirements on ships authorized and funded in prior fiscal years. Poliquin’s amendment blocks the provision.

Calling his statements this week inexcusable and unacceptable, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon has removed Democratic South Portland Rep. Scott Hamann from his legislative committee assignments. 

Earlier this week Hamann unleashed an obscenity-laced rant and veiled threat against President Donald Trump on Facebook.  Gideon says that, as a result, she let Hamann know last night that he would be removed from service on both the Health and Human Services Committee and the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee. 

Matthew Lambert/National Park Service

The price of a lifetime senior pass for U.S. National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands is going up significantly on August 28 from $10 to $80. The National Park Service says this is the first increase since 1994.

Current lifetime senior passes will remain valid. $10 passes will be available through August 27th.

“The fee increase helps to pay for visitor amenities and other improvements in national parks and other federal lands,” Acadia National Park spokesman John Kelly.