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.

Ways to Connect

Another group of elected officials is rescinding support for Central Maine Power's proposed 141-mile transmission line through western Maine.

Sally Kwan

Last Friday, four friends were ice fishing on a back country pond in the Jackman area. 

Fred Bever / Maine Public

At Maine’s annual Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport Friday, a historic $600 million harvest season coincided with a slight increase in lobster landings and lingering concerns over potential changes to gear rules around protecting endangered right whales. But looming over the forum are major cutbacks in the quota of crucial herring bait fish — which could ripple across the industry.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Maine's lobster catch bounced back last year after dipping in 2017, but didn't reach the heights established in some recent years.

David Sharp / AP Photo

As Gov. Janet Mills builds out her climate agenda, it could get a boost from the deal-making around Central Maine Power's proposal to build a new transmission line through western Maine.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The dispute over Central Maine Power's proposed transmission line through western Maine landed last night in Farmington, the hometown of Gov. Janet Mills. She strongly endorsed the project last week, but at the town’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting, CMP officials faced an audience full of skeptical opponents.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills and two environmental groups are signing on to Central Maine Power's bid to build a controversial new transmission line through western Maine's forests. That significantly broadens the coalition of interests supporting the project, but the deal is also drawing fire from other environmental groups, grassroots opponents and some renewable energy developers in Maine.

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills seems to be warming to Central Maine Power’s plan to build a major new power line through western Maine’s forests, now that CMP and Hydro-Quebec are offering a new benefits package to the state.

maritimeaquarium / Flickr/Creative Commons

It could be close to the end of the century before the Atlantic salmon can be taken off the federal Endangered Species list. That’s one finding in a new federal recovery plan for the species that says as much as $24 million a year would need to be spent on hatcheries, habitat restoration and research to secure a self-sustaining wild population by then.

A Portland City Council committee is set to take action Monday evening on a proposal to require that most city contractors pay the prevailing wage on city jobs.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Central Maine Power Company and Hydro-Quebec are offering a benefit package worth hundreds of millions of dollars to try to win support of their controversial plan to build a transmission line through western Maine forests.

Joel Page / AP Photo

On Wednesday Central Maine Power Company (CMP) took a public drubbing at the hands of state regulators who were upset over numerous botched billing practices. Now CMP has a new customer service snafu on its hands. The company recently told 62,000 residential customers they would get a bill credit, but they will not.

Campobello Whale Rescue

A consortium of Atlantic states fisheries managers is calling for broad changes to the gear lobstermen use, in an effort to reduce risks posed to the endangered North Atlantic right whale and to ward off potential federal action that could be even more challenging for the industry.


Stakeholders in Central Maine Power's proposal to build a new high-voltage transmission line through western Maine begin formal negotiations Tuesday on a deal that could help the utility win approvals from state regulators.  And CMP is getting ready to put a lot more money and other benefits on the table.

New England Aquarium

Fisheries’ managers in the Atlantic states are considering a more proactive approach to regulating the lobster industry in order to reduce risks it may pose for the endangered North Atlantic right whale.