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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Several environmental groups have written a letter demanding that the town of Yarmouth and a mill owner fix a broken fish ladder at a dam on the Royal River.

The Conservation Law Foundation had previously filed a notice of intent to sue the town and the mill owner over the issue.

Sean Mahoney of CLF told the Portland Press Herald that the old dams are keeping the Royal River from being fully restored for recreation and for the return of critical keystone fish.

Brunswick Police say four wild animals have tested positive for rabies in the past three weeks.

Officials say, on Friday, a fox attacked a man who was gardening. He was able to fend off the animal with a shovel.

Brunswick Animal Control Officer Heidi Nelson says it's not known why these incidents have taken place in a relatively small area.

“If you were to pin all the four occurrences on the map, it's about a two mile area, but a fox can travel anywhere up to 25-square miles for its territory, so we are putting the whole town on alert.”

Maine Animal Shelters say this time of year they take in a larger than normal number of stray cats and dogs.

Bangor Humane Society Executive Director Suzan Prendergast says some of the animals may have gotten loose as their owners are engaged in outdoor activities. Other have run off after being scared by fireworks. The society says folks should leave their pets home during the fireworks.

Prendergast says, in general, pets don't react well to loud, booming noises.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Maine’s two senators could play key roles in the confirmation of the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has announced his retirement.

About 100 people gathered on the steps of Portland City Hall Tuesday evening, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration's travel ban in a 5-4 vote.   

The ban affects mostly majority-Muslim countries.  

Joanna Frankel, of Portland, said about a third of the students in her son's class at school are Muslims, and she's afraid that they will be to forced to leave.  While acknowledging that the ban applies to new arrivals, Frankel says she thinks the travel ban is part of a larger picture.  

State wildlife biologists use the harvesting of female deer to manage population numbers. A proposal that would allow Maine hunters to take more does this fall in southern Maine, while decreasing the number in the north, is up for public hearing Tuesday evening in Augusta.

Biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife propose increasing the number of "any deer" permits by 28 percent. Any Deer permits allow hunters to harvest deer of either sex.

Governor Paul LePage says that while he supports Donald Trump and his administration, he has does not support tariffs, which he says can't work because the U.S. is too big of a user of world commodities.

This morning at the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce' s Eggs and Issues breakfast, LePage took aim at tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian steel. The Governor says most of the steel that comes into Maine is from Canada.

All signs point to lawmakers returning to Augusta for a special session next week.

House Republican leader Ken Fredette says the GOP caucus supports getting back to work, now that the appropriations committee reached an agreement. Fredette says the agreement calls for any Medicaid expansion proposal to be handled separately.

On Maine Public's Maine Calling program Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon says members are being polled, and she expects legislators to agree to return next week.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

In an unexpected announcement, Maine's chief justice says that in the future state court records will be available to the public online.  

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says she envisions something similar to the federal PACER system which charges a small fee for online access to  court documents such as schedules, motions and decisions.

Independent Maine gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes wants her campaign volunteers to be able to show up at polling places on primary election day to distribute and display campaign literature and materials, speak with voters and collect $5 contributions for Hayes’ clean election effort.

Newell Augur, legal counsel for the Hayes for Maine campaign, says they have been told several times they can’t do that because of a statute that places restrictions on activities at polling places by a candidate whose name appears on the ballot on that election day.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources via AP

An invasive pest that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America has finally been found in Maine.

Maine conservation and forestry officials say they have long anticipated that the emerald ash borer, a forest insect from Asia, would make its way to the state.

State Entomologist Dave Struble says they have been looking for the borer in the state for about 15 years and finally found it last week in Madawaska. The ash borer had just been discovered across the river in Edmunston, New Brunswick.

On technical grounds, a federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Nestle Waters North America, the parent company of Poland Spring.

The suit alleges that the company has been perpetuating a colossal fraud against American consumers by claiming on its label that bottles contain 100 percent natural spring water. In their suit plaintiffs say Poland Spring products contain ordinary ground water collected from wells.

Rather than deal with these allegations, the judge agrees with Nestle that plaintiffs' claims are all preempted by federal law.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Investigators with the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department are following up on leads as they try to identify the individuals who vandalized 22 RSU 16 School District buses and a pick-up truck parked at the administrative office in Poland.

The RSU 16 district includes the towns of Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls. Chief Deputy William Gagne says the office has received a few calls. Gagne says, in addition, that a couple who lives in RSU 16 has offered a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved with the criminal mischief.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday challenging the state Medicaid program's ban against covering abortions.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has appealed a Maine Superior Court decision against the group's lawsuit filed on behalf of three abortion providers.