Irwin Gratz

Morning Edition Producer

Irwin was born and reared in New York City and, while he never hiked miles to school, he did walk up six flights of stairs every day to the apartment his family lived in until he was nearly 19. Irwin remains a lover of subway rides, egg creams, and the New York Mets.

He moved to Maine in 1978 and worked a dozen years in commercial radio in Sanford, then Portland, before beginning to freelance for Maine Public Radio in 1990. He has been the local anchor of Morning Edition since September 1992.

Irwin served as chairman of the Maine Association of Broadcasters in 2015. From September 2004 to October 2005, Irwin served as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization. He holds a master’s in journalism from New York University. Irwin won a Yankee Quill Award in 2011 from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for his “broad influence for good, both inside and outside the newsroom.”

Irwin also has an interest in astronomy, which he indulges to this day as an occasional show presenter at the Southworth Planetarium in Portland. And he swims, a lot. Irwin has completed seven Peaks Island-to-Portland swims. Irwin is married and has a teenage son.

Ways to Connect

Fix the Debt

Feb 28, 2013

  Former Governor John Baldacci and former State Senate majority leader Rick Bennett will discuss why they joined the national 'fix-the-debt' coalition and what they think should be done to put our country's finances in order.

 Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Former Governor John Baldacci, co-chair of the Fix-the-Debt Maine Chapter

Former State Senate President Rick Bennett, co-chair of the Fix-the-Debt Maine Chapter

Citizen Science

Feb 5, 2013

  Take a look at a growing movement to get regular folks involved with scientific research and data collection such as participating in bird counts, monitoring water quality of lakes and streams or counting stars.

 Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Scott Williams, Executive Director,Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

Jessica Leahy, Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Susan Gallo, Wildlife biologist with Maine Audubon

Smoking in Maine

Jan 31, 2013

  Tobacco addiction and what to do about it. What resources are available if you want to quit.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Hilary Schnieder, State Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society

Marla Davis with the American Lung Association of Maine

USM President Theo Kalikow

Portland Press Herald story on Smoking Ban on USM Campus

  Adolescents today face many of the same challenges all teens have - first jobs and first kisses, career choices and college applications. The advent of social media presents new pressures for today's teens.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Dr. Doug Robbins, Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center

Caroline Levy, Falmouth HS senior

Mike Masic, Portland HS senior

  What's in store for Maine's residential real estate market in 2013.  A panel of Realtors from throughout the state discussed and answered questions about whether this year may be the time to buy, sell or hold.

 Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Harper Lee Collins, RE/MAX Heritage

Angelia Levesque, RE/MAX Advantage

and Drew Sigfridson, CBRE of The Boulos Company and President of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association

  Who's spending what and how effective are the political ads running in Maine during this election cycle.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Sam Surprise, President and Founder, Surprise Advertising

and Laurie Banks, President and Co-founder of Perry and Banks

Prostate Cancer

Sep 6, 2012

  Every year, approximately one in six American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. The latest research into diagnosing and treating prostate cancer and the recent controversy over the efficacy of routine testing was discussed.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Terrence Kungel, President of  the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer

and Dr. Moritz Hansen, Maine Medical Center

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  The latest news from the world of space exploration.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by :

Professor Neil Comins, astrophysicist, astronomer, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine

and Andrew Chaikin, author, speaker, space journalist

 

Christian Science Monitor Article on the Mars Lander - be sure to check out the embedded video.

Middle East Update

Jul 25, 2012

  Aaron David Miller, an expert on the Middle East, shared his thoughts on current events in that volatile part of the world.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by :

Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Author of four books. His most recent is The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace.

State of the Oceans

Jul 18, 2012

  The latest science, the threats to our oceans, gulfs and bays, and what's being done to protect them was discussed.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by :

Dr. Susan Shaw, a marine toxicologist and President/CEO/Founder of the Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) in Blue Hill, and Professor at The School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, State University of New York, Albany

and Joe Payne the Casco Baykeeper of the Friends of Casco Bay.

Invest in Kids

Apr 5, 2012

  Early childhood advocates say that investing in the care and education of kids before they reach kindergarten yields big payoffs for our state’s future.

Host Irwin Gratz spoke with:

Ed Cervone, Senior Program Director and Operations Officer, Maine Development Foundation

Jim Clair, CEO Goold Health Systems, co-chair of Maine Early Learning Investment Group and (a newly formed group of high-level business leaders who support early childhood programs) 

Freedom of Information

Mar 8, 2012

  A bill making its way through the legislature proposes to exempt the governor's 'working papers' from freedom of information laws. We got an update on LD 1805 and learned about tools for accessing public records and getting information on elected officials and those seeking office.  

Host Irwin Gratz spoke with:

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