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, Maine - A regional safety organization plans to recruit lobstermen in Maine to help design a personal flotation device, or PFD.  The aim is to prevent drownings.

Researchers with the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety plan to begin visiting docks in Maine and Massachusetts over the winter.

One-hundred-sixty lobstermen will be paid to test different types of life vests for a month to determine which designs work best for daily use.  Rebecca Weil is the center's research coordinator.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A group of Maine civil engineers has again given the state's infrastructure a grade of C minus. 

In its 2016 report card, the Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers graded 14 different infrastructure categories, ranging from airports and roads to public schools and state parks. 

The lowest scores, in the D range, went to passenger transportation, roads, dams and levees, and wastewater. 

PORTLAND, Maine - An entrepreneur and developer with Maine ties has pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal campaign contributions in the run-up to the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

Assistant U.S.  Attorney Donald Clark says that 56-year-old Michael Liberty, of Windemere, Florida, has admitted to illegally making political contributions in the names of others to an unnamed presidential candidate's primary campaign committee.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's jobless numbers are holding pretty steady.  The state Labor Department says Maine's preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 4 percent, little changed from 4.1 percent in September and 4.2 percent a year ago. 

DOL economist Glenn Mills says, historically, the state has only gone below 4 percent for short periods of time. "Generally when you're down around 4 percent you're talking about a fairly tight labor market and that's especially true in the southern part of the state."

PORTLAND, Maine - The Scarborough-based nonprofit Crossroads, which provides addiction and behavioral health treatment services, is meeting with Portland zoning officials this evening about its proposal for a second inpatient residential rehabilitation facility for women in the city. 

CEO Shannon Trainor says the proposed location would offer the same services as Crossroads' Forest Avenue operation. "We're expanding that program because of the demand and because of the need in our community and, frankly, throughout our country."

LEWISTON, Maine - The Maine State Police Unsolved Homicide Unit is seeking information about the death of a 14-year-old boy in a decades-old fire at a South Paris home. 

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says there are about 80 names on the unsolved homicides list and that officials are highlighting investigations on the anniversaries of their deaths.

Officials at the University of Southern Maine are investigating what they say is anti-Muslim graffiti found in a student government office at the Campus Center in Portland.

The Latin phrase "Deus Vult," which means "God Wills It," was a rallying cry for Christians during the Crusades and has more recently been adopted by alt-right political activists as an anti-Muslim insult.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine-based manufacturer of high-end custom hardwood windows and doors has been acquired by the country's second-largest window and door manufacturer. 

Tim Downing is president of Duratherm, located in Vassalboro.  Downing says he was contacted early this year by Iowa-based Pella to see if he was interested in selling the business.  

He says the purchase is part of Pella's plan to get into the luxury window and door market in which Duratherm operates.

PORTLAND, Maine - Investigators say the mobile home fire that killed a man in Saco overnight was set by man who died, and that no one else was involved. 

Officials with the State Fire Marshal's office say they believe the victim is 71-year-old Stephen Laughton.  Sgt. Joel Davis says Laughton lived alone.

"What we believe is that there were ignitable liquids poured throughout the building and around the house, such as gasoline or another ignitable liquid, and that's what was used to accelerate the fire," Davis says.

PORTLAND, Maine - It's being called a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for the lumber and building industries: Following extensive testing at the University of Maine, Norway spruce has been approved for use as a construction-grade material in the U.S.

PORTLAND, Maine - A $15,000 reward is being offered in connection with a rise in lobster trap cutting incidents along the line between two lobster zones on the Maine coast, not far from Mt. Desert Island. 

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says this has been happening since early summer.  But he says there have been a lot more reports in recent weeks. 

Authorities estimate gear losses from apparent territorial disputes among what's believed to be a small number of harvesters to be in excess of $350,000.  

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.