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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Verso Paper says it plans to make technology upgrades to its No. 4 Paper Machine in Jay. The company says this will increase the machine's capacity to produce “release-liner paper.”

“Release-liner is the paper that's used as the backing for a wide variety of industrial and consumer labels, and my favorite example of that is the familiar ‘Hello My Name’ is label,” says Verso spokesperson Kathi Rowzie.

Rowzie says the investments will advance the company's plan to produce only specialty papers and packaging products in Jay.

The Portland City Council has voted to approve tax breaks for two senior housing developments. The council had originally approved selling city land for one of the projects with the understanding that it would be open to all ages.

Councilor Kim Cook spoke against the developer's move to restrict the age of residents to 55 plus.

To deter what they say is an "out-of-control" problem, Auburn Police are going to start posting online the mug shots of people who are arrested and charged with shoplifting.

Auburn Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen says that under its new zero tolerance policy people charged with shoplifting will be arrested, brought to jail and booked. Moen says once a week the mug shots will be posted on the department's Facebook page.

Courtesy University of Maine

A ban on the movement of ash in northern Maine is imminent, in the wake of the discovery of the invasive emerald ash borer in the region earlier this year.

Officials with the Maine Forest Service say they're working on an emergency order that's expected to be issued within the next two weeks. That order could be followed by additional state and federal quarantines, officials say.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine's fiscally conservative governor says he'd rather go to jail before expanding Medicaid and putting the state in "red ink.''

Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, told WVOM Radio Tuesday that he can't be forced to expand eligibility for Medicaid without an approved funding plan. 

"Nobody can force me to put the state in red ink," LePage said. "And I will not do that.  So, you can tell the Maine people, I'd go to jail before I put the state in red ink."

Leaders of both major political parties are scrambling to fill candidate vacancies across the state as 33 party nominees have withdrawn from legislative races. Most of the nominees were republican contenders. Mal Leary Mal Leary joined Maine Things Considered from the capitol to explain what this all means. 

This story was originally published July 11, 2018 at 6:05 p.m. ET.

Bridgton town officials have reopened a local pond to swimming after it passed a water quality test.

Last Friday swimming was prohibited at Woods Pond. The town says it was contacted by the Maine Center for Disease Control about several people who reported abdominal illnesses after swimming in the pond last week. Town officials say the pond water was found to be safe, but water from the bathroom sinks failed for e coli levels and was shut off.

After responding to two heat-related emergencies this week, the Maine Warden Service is urging hikers to be prepared before setting out on Maine's rigorous Appalachian Trail.

Maine Warden Corporal John MacDonald says the service received a call Thursday from a 21-year-old woman hiking southbound and complaining of nausea. She received medical treatment at the scene and was then transported to a hospital in Greenville.

Tuesday a 67-year-old man was assisted off the trail with heat exhaustion and brought to a hospital for evaluation.

A helicopter service based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has started offering interactive scenic tours out of the Portland Jetport.

Seacoast Helicopters Founder and CEO Bruce Cultrera says the company was looking for expansion opportunities, and found Portland's environment to be similar to Portsmouth's.

“Very picturesque, touristy, lots of eye candy: islands lighthouses, waterfront so on and so forth,” says Cultrera.

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.