Barbara Cariddi

Digital News Content Producer

Barbara grew up in Biddeford, Maine. She earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Southern Maine.

After stints as a lobsterwoman, woodworker and newspaper editor, Barbara joined Maine Public in 1989. She left in 1994 to explore television, specifically at WCSH6-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland. In 1999, Barbara began producing, reporting and anchoring Maine Public Television’s public affairs program Maine Watch. She returned to Maine Public Radio in 2003, and now helps oversee digital news content for Maine Public’s website. She also produces and hosts the daily news podcast “This Day in Maine.”

Barbara’s interests include music, theater, literature and the arts in general. For several years, she sang in a local jazz group called !zing. Barbara’s daughter Vanessa is an opera singer.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, announced Wednesday that she’s running for a fifth term, ending months of speculation.

A Westbrook teenager is in custody and charged with terrorizing in connection with threatening messages sent to some Casco Bay High School students on social media.

Barbara Cariddi / Maine Public

Maine is now home to dozens of invasive species of plants and insects. These are species that didn’t evolve here, and now they’re threatening plants that did. And that threat extends to the native insects, birds and other living things that depend on those plants.

Avery Chisholm / Maine Public/file

Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Lewiston man during a brawl last June. The death of 38-year-old Donald Giusti came at a time of rising ethnic tensions in the city and sparked a call for peace by immigrant community leaders.


Maine is launching an urgent effort to assess the state's insect populations.  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is undertaking the initiative after new studies showed a steep decline in populations of insects across the globe.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Members of Maine's congressional delegation welcomed President Trump's calls for unity in his State of the Union address, but said their ultimate support will depend on his actions.

The Maine Center for Disease Control says an individual who stayed at two shelters in Portland in October was infected with hepatitis A, prompting officials to offer free vaccinations to those who might have been exposed to the virus.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) announced emergency rules Thursday that are supposed to protect deer and moose herds from chronic wasting disease, which has been found in 25 states and four Canadian provinces, including a deer herd in Quebec.

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.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Maine tourists or natives on a quest for lobster can find it in countless restaurants, grilled or baked, boiled or sautéed, whipped up into fancy gourmet dishes, or served humbly in the shell, alone on a plate.  But we wondered:  How do the people who catch those lobsters prefer to prepare and eat them?  We headed to the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op to find out.  

Mike Groll / Associated Press File

With the wood of the mighty ash tree, the inhabitants of Maine have been paddling across rivers and bays, sowing crops, weaving baskets and surviving the cold for thousands of years. To Maine’s indigenous people, the ash tree is the very source of their existence, the tree that legend says gave birth to the Wabanaki people. And it’s in danger of disappearing from the Maine landscape.

The National Weather Service says record or near-record warmth is in store for northern New England for a day.
Temperatures were expected to rise into the 50s and 60s, and possibly 70 in parts of southern New Hampshire on Wednesday.
In Burlington, Vermont, it was 61 on Wednesday morning, already breaking the record for the date. It reached a record 59 degrees in Burlington on Tuesday.
The snowmelt may lead to some ice jam flooding in the region.
Typical winter weather is returning Thursday, with highs in the 30s.

Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Maine health officials are warning of the dangers of the deep freeze that's hit the region, with temperatures across the state Thursday night plunging well below zero into record-breaking territory.

Hypothermia and frostbite are the biggest concerns, officials with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention say.


Dec 20, 2017
Nora Flaherty / Maine Public/file

A new fight is brewing in Portland over whether renters deserve new protections in one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation. But the fight might not be playing out on the Nov. 7 ballot, even if petitions delivered to City Hall Monday are validated as sufficient.