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.

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Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

State officials are shutting down the Maine elver season early, citing illegal sales of the valuable "glass" eels coveted by Asian aquaculture businesses.

The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) says a Marine Patrol investigation found some elver dealers paid cash to licensed harvesters without registering the eel sales through the state's official swipe card system, and they did so at prices less than those for properly tracked eels.

"You have to assume there's some greed involved here," says DMR spokesperson Jeff Nichols.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

A subsidiary of Central Maine Power's (CMP) parent company won the right Wednesday to negotiate a contract for what will be the nation's largest offshore wind project, off the Massachusetts coast.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Food delivery app companies GrubHub and Uber Eats are entering a turf war in Maine. As they both try to win customers in the southern part of the state, they have an entrenched competitor to contend with too – the local guy.

If you're feeling peckish, the food delivery apps make it pretty easy to tap into Portland's dynamic foodie scene – a few taps on your smartphone, choose a restaurant, choose from the menu that pops up, authorize a payment – including a delivery fee – and, maybe a half hour later you can expect your order.

Steven Senne / Maine Public

Former President H.W. Bush is headed back to Maine, says family spokesperson Jim McGrath.

McGrath says the 41st president is looking forward to getting to Maine next week, and having a great summer with family and friends. The elder Bush has visited Walker's Point, the family compound in Kennebunkport, every summer of his life – with one exception: 1944, the year he served as a Navy pilot and was shot down over the Pacific.

Ben McCanna / Portland Press Herald via AP, Pool, File

Maine's highest court heard oral arguments Tuesday that could decide whether a Portland landlord should be jailed for violating codes at an apartment house he owned, where six people were killed in a fire in 2014.

Wells Police Department

An endangered North Atlantic right whale has been swimming off the coast of York County — a rare sighting of the giant mammal at a time when its population may be headed toward extinction.

The whale has been seen swimming — and spouting — off Cape Neddick, Ogunquit, and Wells over the past few days. Tony LaCasse, a spokesman at the New England Aquarium, says right whales historically have spent time in the spring in eastern Cape Cod Bay, but this year have been showing up closer to the mainland shore — including in the Marblehead, Massachusetts, area.

A proposal for a 750-unit apartment complex in Westbrook is drawing attention in the area's real estate community.

The complex would be sited on an old quarry, and the plan is to keep some of that resource intact while developing retail and hospitality space.

“They have over 100 acres and they are really thinking really clearly about the project,” said Lynn Tillotson, president of the area promotional group Visit Portland. “They want to talk to people and find out from the residents what we want, what we need, and they're really doing a good job with keeping it mixed use."

Richard Drew / Associated Press

The northern New England chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union want to know more about immigration enforcement in the region. They say their previous Freedom of Information Act requests have gone unanswered, so they have filed suit against federal agencies to compel them to produce the records.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

More than 3,000 law enforcement officers from around the state and nation turned out in Bangor Monday for a memorial to Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole, the deputy sheriff who was killed last month in Norridgewock.

Toby Talbot / AP Photo

Maine's Public Advocate is calling for a more comprehensive investigation of whether Central Maine Power (CMP) overbilled customers in the early months of this year – and whether it covered up ongoing problems it knew were an issue.

Kevin Bennett / Maine Public

Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Eugene Cole is being honored today at a public memorial service in Bangor.  Cpl. Cole was the first Maine law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in nearly three decades.

A bipartisan group of influential Maine lawmakers is telling Massachusetts regulators to reject Central Maine Power's (CMP) proposal to build a big transmission line through western Maine.


Most of the time, environmental advocates and the owners of fossil-fuel power plants battle over how much pollution is acceptable, given the need to keep the lights on. But in Maine, they are now aligning against a common enemy – Central Maine Power (CMP).

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA research permit #15488

A group of New England senators is calling on the U.S. government to speed up an analysis of Canada’s efforts to protect the endangered North American right whale, and to consider trade action if Canada’s rules do not prove as strong as in the U.S.

Kevin Bennett / For Maine Public

This story was updated at 11:42 a.m. ET.

The manhunt for the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Somerset County Deputy Sheriff, Cpl. Eugene Cole, continues into its third day.