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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PORT CLYDE, Maine -- Linda Bean's Maine Lobster is donating $3 million to LifeFlight of Maine, which will cover roughly half the cost of a third helicopter for the statewide service.

LifeFlight has two helicopters right now, based in Lewiston and Bangor. Executive Director Tom Judge says what they plan to get is the next generation of aircraft.

"We'll have a lot more performance in these aircraft," Judge says. "All these aircraft cover every corner of the state, every community in the state, every hospital, EMS service - every community depends on these aircraft."

PORTLAND, Maine - In what's described as the largest, first-of-its-kind kidney pair donation chain in Maine, three recipients received kidneys Nov from three donors, in operations Nov. 4 at Maine Medical Center.

Today the three donors and three recipients met for the first time. Dr. John Vella, director of Maine Med's transplant program, says about a third of the kidneys that could potentially be donated to a relative, friend or loved one are biologically incompatible. That's when indirect donations can come into play.

Ed Morin / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - In the aftermath of last Saturday's deadly fire in Portland that killed six young people, the city of Portland today announced that it's establishing a task force to review fire and code inspection policies in the city.

Mayor Michael Brennan told reporters this afternoon that, for the past 10 years, the city has had a complaint-driven inspections system and probably will for the near future.

PORTLAND, Maine - The University of New England and the Cumberland County Jail have teamed up for a month-long pilot program that seeks to address what officials are calling Maine's rising drug addiction epidemic.

Joined by ANEW Approach drug treatment professionals, students in UNE's West College of Health Professionals, along with faculty and alumni, are volunteering their services in a drug treatment program for inmates.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Two communities, two different outcomes on votes to legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana for adults.

Voters in South Portland approved the measure 52 to 48 percent. But Lewiston defeated a similar legalization effort 45 to 55 percent.

David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supported the two municipal initiatives, says South Portland voters saw through what he calls the scare tactics and misinformation.

AUGUSTA, Maine - State election officials have sent out a clarification about when Maine voters can get, and submit, new absentee ballots. This follows yesterday's announcement by independent gubernatorial candidate Elliot Cutler that, while he was not withdrawing from the race for the Blaine House, his supporters should feel free to vote for one of his opponents it they don't believe Cutler can win.

YARMOUTH, Maine - An historic Midcoast mansion, a town post office, city clock towers, and an entire Maine downtown: Those are among the eight items Maine Preservation has included in its 17th annual list of Maine's Most Endangered Historic Places.

Maine Preservation Executive Director Greg Paxton says these places face a variety of threats and, often, demolition. But he says there are also broader themes, such as what the future holds for entire downtown areas.

Supporters of a measure that would prohibit the use of bait, dogs and traps while bear hunting in Maine are appealing a Superior Court decision denying their request for a temporary restraining order.

Supporters of Question 1 wanted the judge to put a halt to the use of state resources by wildlife biologists and other employees of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in their efforts opposing the referendum question. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting spokesperson Katie Hansberry.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - An agency that seeks to improve the well-being of older adults in southern Maine has received almost $1 million from the federal government to develop a collaborative effort to benefit people with dementia, their families and caregivers.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging says the Southern Maine Dementia Service Network will expand caregiver services, training and other support, both at SMAA and at other area organizations.

BANGOR, Maine — Responding to a proposal by the University of Southern Maine Faculty Senate, key members of the UMaine System Board of Trustees have affirmed their commitment to maintaining 3 USM campuses.

USM is trying to close a $16 million budget gap and administrators have proposed cutting a number of academic programs and faculty positions. Last week the school's Faculty Senate suggested closing one of three campuses to save money. But UMaine System spokesman Dan Demeritt says all three campuses have important roles.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police are asking for the public's help in locating a 25-year-old Portland man they say is a "person of interest" in the sexual assault of a young child in the city's East Bayside neighborhood early Sunday morning.  

ASHLAND, Maine -- Maine independent U.S. Senator Angus King says the announcement that Verso Paper would soon be closing it's Bucksport mill made for a tough day yesterday in Maine

But he says that today has been a great one for Aroostook County, with three companies celebrating the opening of new facilities. "Well over a hundred jobs and more to come," he said, "a lot of optimism. a beautiful fall day with a blue sky."

OLD TOWN, Maine - The 200 workers who lost jobs when Old Town Fuel and Fiber shut down last month have been denied federal help. The Trade Adjustment Assistance program is designed to help workers whose jobs were lost due to increased foreign competition.

Maine Department of Labor spokesperson Julie Rabinowitz says as more data was reviewed, it was determined the job losses in Old Town weren't caused by foreign competition. However, Rabinowitz says there are other alternatives for training and job search assistance.

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine State Police say a man wanted in connection with an alleged hit-and-run death in Lewiston Tuesday afternoon was taken off a plane this morning at the JFK airport in New York, about 10 minutes before the flight was due to leave for Haiti.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says authorities expect to charge Evaristo Deus, 33, with murder in the death of his 32-year-old girlfriend, Laudrinha Kubeloso, who was four months pregnant.

GORHAM, Maine -- Wood and gas stove manufacturer Jotul has announced that all Jotul brand wood and gas stoves, inserts and fireplaces sold in North America will soon be built in Gorham, Maine, doubling the facility's manufacturing capacity.

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