Fred Bever

News Reporter and Producer

A Columbia University graduate, Fred began his journalism career as a print reporter in Vermont, then came to Maine Public in 2001 as its political reporter, as well as serving as a host for a variety of Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Television programs. Fred later went on to become news director for New England Public Radio in Western Massachusetts and worked as a freelancer for National Public Radio and a number of regional public radio stations, including WBUR in Boston and NHPR in New Hampshire.

Fred formerly was Maine Public Radio’s chief political correspondent from 2001 to 2007 and returned to Maine Public Radio in early 2016 as a news reporter and producer, covering a wide variety of topics across Maine and the region.

Ways to Connect

Ferry service between Maine and Canada may not return next summer.

Border security officials say they are closing their operations at Portland’s Ocean Gateway Terminal because it doesn’t meet federal safety standards for workers and passengers.

Keith Fleming, area port director for the agency, says the facility lacks adequate exits as well as up-to-date technology for reading license plates and detecting radiation.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Federal regulators are shutting down fishing rights for a significant portion of New England’s stressed groundfish stocks, such as cod and flounder. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says managers for a New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sector undermined conservation goals while disgraced fishing magnate Carlos Rafael was falsifying catch reports.

Nearing the end of a three-year tenure marked by disputes with Portland’s mayor, City Manager Jon Jennings is ready to sign on for another three years.

Jennings came to City Hall after stints in government and sports, from the Clinton White House to the Boston Celtics’ front office. He has made headlines in Maine’s largest city with a move to close a local health clinic and opposition to bonding for some school repair efforts.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Electric vehicles, or EVs, make up a tiny fraction of the cars sold in New England. But new state policies — and a big cash infusion from the settlement of Volkswagen’s pollution scandal — could speed the building of electric vehicle charging stations and help push the regional market for EVs to new levels.

Jens Meyer / Associated Press/file

Maine’s Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting in Portland Tuesday night to present its plan for spending the state’s $21 million share of settlements with Volkswagen.

That’s in the wake of allegations VW deliberately violated nitrogen oxide pollution requirements for vehicles it sold or leased in the U.S.

The director of MDOT’s environmental office, Judy Gates, says the agency plans to spend some $3 million of that to finance installation of a robust network of electric vehicle charging stations.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - The snow guns have been going since early in the week as a handful of resorts open up across northern New England this weekend. 

Gregory Rec / Portland Press Herald/pool

Sentenced to 70 years in prison for the 1989 killing of a 16-year-old girl in Portland, Anthony Sanborn is a free man. In the wake of a key witness’s recantation, prosecutors agreed Wednesday that the sentence amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, and reduced it to time served.

Portland residents rejected a rent-limit proposal Tuesday night in a lopsided 13,466 to 7,595 vote, according to unofficial results posted by the city.

The referendum’s backers pitched it as a temporary brake on this decade’s rapid rent hikes, which forced many middle- and lower-income Portland residents off the city’s peninsula or even out of the city altogether. But they faced stiff, well-financed opposition from landlords at both ends of the spectrum — those who rent at market rate and affordable housing groups, too.

This story was originally published at 3:22 p.m. ET on Nov. 6, 2017.

A longtime champion for the modernization of Maine’s economy is running for governor. Alan Caron says he will run as an independent, becoming the 18th candidate in the crowded field.

Although he has never run for office, Caron has been a fixture in Maine’s policy debates for decades. The Waterville native founded GrowSmart Maine and, more recently, Envision Maine, both aimed at convening politicians, businesses and nonprofits to find consensus on moving the economy forward.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Fishermen up and down the New England coast say it has been decades since they’ve been able to catch so many Atlantic bluefin tuna, so fast. Once severely depleted, populations of the prized sushi fish appear to be rebuilding.

A coalition of environmentalists and power generators is calling for the creation of a regional cap-and-trade market for carbon emissions from the transportation sector. They’re modeling the market on a successful effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation.

Progress for Maine

This story was originally published at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

While ethics officials in Augusta delved into the murky finances behind the campaign to permit a casino in York County on Tuesday, its lead supporter, developer Shawn Scott, was in Portland to announce he’d done a deal with organized labor for its construction.

But there’s still no guarantee that if voters support the measure, Scott would actually build the resort he is promising.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

Hundreds of thousands of Maine businesses and residents remained without power Tuesday morning after an early morning wind storm swept through the state Monday, downing trees and power lines from Berwick to Mount Desert Island.

Fred Bever / Maine Public/file

A new report by Portland housing staff finds that a majority of city residents do not make enough money to rent a home within what are considered standards of affordability.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

After almost a decade of red-hot growth, rents in Portland may have reached a plateau. But it’s a high plateau, and one group is trying to put a lid on it with a proposed ballot item to limit rent hikes and create a tenant-dominated oversight board.