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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WASHINGTON - An effort to establish a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C. is moving forward.

President Obama is expected to sign a bill authored by Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins that creates a privately-funded commission to prepare a report containing recommendations for establishing and maintaining the museum. 

Collins says a museum recognizing the contributions of American women is long overdue.

Patty Wight / MPBN

Maine-based international aid nurse Kaci Hickox says the honor bestowed on her and others by Time Magazine is important because it highlights the hard work still being done by thousands of people in West Africa, and elsewhere, to combat the deadly Ebola virus.

Time has collectively honored all Ebola fighters of 2014 as its "Person of the Year."

Hickox - who volunteered as a nurse in Sierra Leone earlier this year - says that while material and financial help are crucial, none of it would work without human volunteers.

Patty Wight / MPBN

An MTV channel targeting college students has named nurse - and Maine resident - Kaci Hickox its 2014 woman of the year. The channel, called mtv-U, made the announcement today.
 

Hickox defied state-imposed quarantines after returning from West Africa, where she had treated Ebola patients. She said she was acting on behalf of all health care workers who returned from battling Ebola.

Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Striking FairPoint workers picketed outside an inn in Augusta this morning, while inside, a conference on health care reform was underway, sponsored, in part, by FairPoint Communications.  
 

FairPoint declared an impasse in late August and imposed a contract that froze the old pension plan and required workers to contribute to health care costs for the first time. Other provisions allow the company to hire contractors and eliminate retiree health care benefits for current workers.   

FALMOUTH, Maine - This was a good year for endangered piping plovers in Maine. The nests of the tiny shore birds are small divots in the sand, which make them very vulnerable to predators, including pets.

In Maine plovers are found on beaches along the southern coast. Maine Audubon Wildlife Ecologist Laura Minich Zitske says this year there were 50 pairs of plovers nesting on southern Maine beaches, which she says is the most in more than a decade.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Transportation have reached a formal construction agreement with Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield for replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which connects Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The price will be $158.5 million, which will be shared equally by the two states. The bridge carries the U.S. Route One by-pass. Maine DOT spokesman Ted Talbot says the lift span of the new bridge will have a deck that will lft for ships and lower for rail service to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

BANGOR, Maine -- In the wake of several recent merchant data breaches, Bangor Savings Bank has issued 26,000 new debit cards to customers whose information may have been compromised. That's about a quarter of the bank's total number of debit cards.

Bangor Savings Senior Vice President Carol Colson says a very small percentage of the bank's customers have experienced fraud as a result of the merchant data breaches. But she says the company wanted to be proactive.

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.

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