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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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.

WASHINGTON - Maine's two Democratic U.S. House members Wednesday voted against providing money to train Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State terrorists. But 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree and 2nd District Rep. Mike Michaud were on the losing side. The House passed the measure on a vote of 273 to 156.

On the Senate floor today, independent U.S. Sen. Angus King spoke in favor of arming, equipping and training the moderate Syrian opposition. King says ISIS presents a clear and present danger to the United States.

The largest data center in northern New England is now open at Brunswick Landing, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. Oxford Networks says a more than $6 million expansion will allow the data center to better service the need of customers across the country to safeguard critical business information.

AUGUSTA, Maine - As part of a new state energy plan to be delivered to the Legislature in January, the Governor's Energy Office is undertaking a study to update the state's inventory of existing and potential hydropower resources.

Maine energy officials say the state has not assessed its hydropower resources since the early 1990's, back when policies were aimed at constructing significant new hydro dams.  State Energy Director Patrick Woodcock says officials want to see if it's possible to get more clean energy from existing hydropower.

UNITY, Maine - A Unity College professor, and collaborators from five other colleges and universities across the country, have been awarded $2.9 million from the National Science Foundation to promote and facilitate the use of mathematical biology in classrooms.

Unity College Associate Professor Carrie Diaz Eaton, who's one of the principal investigators, says as researchers reason through complex problems in sustainability science they've found mathematics to be important for testing theories on how things work in biology and ecology.

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HOPE, Maine — The state medical examiner says the death of the founder of a facility here that cares for retired circus elephants was due to asphyxiation and multiple injuries due to compression of the chest by an elephant. Mark Belserene is administrator of the medical examiner's office in Augusta.

"The manner is ruled accidental and at this point we have no indication that the elephant acted in an aggressive manner," Belserene says. "It's clearly an accident."

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WESTBROOK, Maine -- Environmental advocates gathered in Westbrook this morning to celebrate what they say is the success of a multi-state regional "cap-and-trade" program that seeks to reduce carbon dioxide pollution by placing limits on emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, is slated to hold its 25th carbon credit auction today.  

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Hundreds of people gathered for a rally in downtown Portland Monday morning to support unionized Fairpoint employees who are working under a contract imposed late last week by the company which declared that contract talks are deadlocked.   The employees are now working under terms of a new contract with major concessions.  Speaking at the rally, First District Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the union has put three offers on the table.

FALMOUTH, Maine -- A sixty-three-year-old attorney was arrested at his home in Falmouth this morning by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit and charged with possessing child pornography.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says Lawrence Winger's computer was seized earlier this month after authorities got a tip. "His computer was reviewed by the unit in the last couple of weeks and dozens of images of child porn was found on it," McCausland says.

Authorities don't believe any of the images are of children from Maine.

AUBURN, Maine — Canadian National Railway says it plans to end service to its Auburn truck-and-rail hub. The hub provides a route for shipments to reach western Canada and ultimately Asia. It allows containers to be lifted off trucks and onto rail cars.

Canadian National spokesman Mark Hallman says the company is terminating its rail service to the Auburn Intermodal Terminal because traffic volumes are not sufficient to sustain that service.

Despite some significant winter deer damage at a few orchards - and more hail damage than usual in parts of the state - experts expect an excellent apple crop in Maine this year, with good size and color.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Sales of single-family homes in Maine, along with the median sales price, were up modestly in July compared to the year before. The Maine Association of Realtors is reporting that Maine home sales saw a two percent increase last month. The median price increased 1.4 percent to $181,500.

Maine Association of Realtors President Angelia Levesque says it appears that the market is steadying.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Five small Maine businesses that offer value-added food products are sharing a half-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One to market organic mushrooms in compostable packaging. Another is expanding the market for precooked and blast-frozen pocket meals.

Peter Arnold, with Maine Fresh Sea Farms in Bristol, says much of his grant money will be used to learn more about fresh seaweed, which he says is an unfilled niche.

More than 178,000 Mainers use food banks to help stay afloat, according to a new study.

The study, from the Feeding America Food Bank Network, found that nationwide, one in seven Americans relies on food pantries and meal service programs. That's more than 46 million people, including 12 million children.

Clara Whitney is with Good Shepherd Food Bank, which is part of Feeding America's network of food pantries. She says the study showed the network's Maine food banks getting an average of 11 visits per year from families — and that's significant.