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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ASHLAND, Maine — A biomass to electricity facility in Aroostook County that has been idle since March 2011 due to market conditions is expected to resume full operations in December. Larry Richardson is CEO of ReEnergy, which bought the Ashland plant after it had been shut down as part of a portfolio transaction. He says ReEnergy has been actively seeking ways to reopen the facility.

"Recently here, over the last 60-90 days, we really identified a combination of factors that is allowing us to reopen the plant," Richardson says.

Bad News for Cod Stocks

Aug 2, 2014

Federal fisheries officials are preparing to release a stock assessment update for Gulf of Maine cod and NOAA Fisheries says, unfortunately, the news is not good. 

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — More than 6,000 runners are expected to take part in the annual TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race in Cape Elizabeth tomorrow. The 6.2-mile course runs from Crescent Beach to Portland Headlight. Thousands of spectators are also expected to line the coastal route.

AUGUSTA, Maine — State health officials are confirming the first two cases in Maine this year of a travel-acquired disease which is transmitted by mosquitos. Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Sheila Pinette says that both Maine cases of chikungunya are in people who traveled to the Dominican Republic. She says several additional unrelated cases are under investigation.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King wants U.S. employers to voluntarily offer paid parental or medical leave for workers while they are meeting necessary family obligations, such as caring for a sick child or after giving birth.

Current federal law requires employers of 50 or more workers to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave for such circumstances. Speaking today on the Senate floor, King says a measure authored by himself and Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer would open up tax incentives to employers of any size.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Did Central Maine Power improperly use ratepayer money to influence decisions by city officials in Augusta on behalf of Maine Natural Gas? The Maine Public Utilities Commission has voted unanimously to investigate allegations to that effect made by the City of Augusta. Both CMP and Maine Natural Gas are owned by a subsidiary of the Spanish energy giant Iberdrola.

Following two U.S. Supreme Court decisions removing some significant restrictions on campaign spending, a U.S. Senate panel today considered a measure that seeks to increase campaign finance transparency.

Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent, led a Senate Rules Committee hearing on the "Disclose Act," which would require organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending as well as their major sources of funding in a timely manner.

The National Weather Service says that it was a microburst, not a tornado, that caused some significant damage in and around the town of York in far southwestern Maine early yesterday evening.

Meteorologist John Cannon of the National Weather Service office in Gray says a survey team determined that the microburst occurred at about 5:15 yesterday afternoon, with estimated maximum winds of from 70 to 80 miles per hour.

Cannon says in a microburst, winds fan out near the surface in a straight line rather than rotating, as they do in a tornado.

In response to a spate of overdoses this week, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is warning people about a deadly mixture of heroin, caffeine and fentanyl, and also about a new mixture called acetyl fentanyl.  These appear to be causing users to overdose more quickly than if they were using straight heroin. 

Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows is proposing to debate Republican Sen. Susan Collins 10 times during their race for the U.S. Senate seat Collins now holds.

The town of Harpswell has closed almost 15 acres at the mouth of Strawberry Creek to the harvesting of shellfish and marine worms for the rest of the year.

The closure is being done to study the effectiveness of removing a couple of predators that are taking their toll on clams: invasive European green crabs and milky ribbon worms.

State environmental officials are asking people boating in Maine waters to check their boats before and after they float.  

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says heavier boat traffic during the summer season increases the risk of spreading invasive plants and animals.

Department officials say boaters should check their vessels for invasive species after they leave one body of water and before launching into another.  DEP biologist John McFedron says, for many environmental issues, prevention is the best bet.

A new report indicates that what are being called "tried-and-true industry tactics" have been used by opponents of an ordinance aimed at keeping tar sands oil out of Maine.  

Environment Maine released it's report as the South Portland City Council prepares to vote on a new ordinance that would prevent tar sands oil from being loaded onto tanker ships in Casco Bay.

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State forestry officials want people to know why many white pines in Maine, and throughout the Northeast, have turned yellow and brown and lost a lot of needles over the past two to three weeks.  

The culprit is White Pine Needle Disease, which is caused by one of several needle fungi.  Maine Forest Service Pathologist Bill Ostrofky says needles that come out in early June are infected, but don't drop off until the next growing season.   

The principal owner of a major natural gas pipeline that runs through Maine and into Atlantic Canada has proposed expanding it's capacity into the New England market to meet critical demand for reliable electric power generation.  

Richard Kruse is a vice president with Houston-based Spectra Energy.   He says for the last several years New England has had pipeline constraints. 

"Pipelines are running 100 percent full to serve both the local distribution companies as well as prior generation needs,"  he says.

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