Irwin Gratz

Morning Edition Producer

Irwin was born and reared in New York City and, while he never hiked miles to school, he did walk up six flights of stairs every day to the apartment his family lived in until he was nearly 19. Irwin remains a lover of subway rides, egg creams, and the New York Mets.

He moved to Maine in 1978 and worked a dozen years in commercial radio in Sanford, then Portland, before beginning to freelance for Maine Public Radio in 1990. He has been the local anchor of Morning Edition since September 1992.

Irwin served as chairman of the Maine Association of Broadcasters in 2015. From September 2004 to October 2005, Irwin served as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization. He holds a master’s in journalism from New York University. Irwin won a Yankee Quill Award in 2011 from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for his “broad influence for good, both inside and outside the newsroom.”

Irwin also has an interest in astronomy, which he indulges to this day as an occasional show presenter at the Southworth Planetarium in Portland. And he swims, a lot. Irwin has completed seven Peaks Island-to-Portland swims. Irwin is married and has a teenage son.

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Members of Maine's Congressional delegation are demanding the Internal Revenue Service reopen a closed Taxpayer Assistance Center in Bangor.

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Canadian musher Martin Massicotte has just won Maine's biggest dog sled race for the 10th time.

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There are 186 members of the Maine Legislature, and nearly a third have never served before. For them, the current session is as much about learning as it will be about legislating, and there’s a lot to learn.

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Bay Ferries says it plans to begin Cat ferry service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on June 21. That's according to an announcement on the company's website.

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The Maine House this morning gave initial approval to a bill that would end so-called "gross metering."  That's a policy of the Public Utilities Commission that aimed to collect a fee on power generated by solar cells.

People living in Cumberland County saw their average weekly wage rise by 3.6 percent from June 2017 to June 2018, according to new numbers put out Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he didn't know the state paid as much as $1,100 a night when staying at the Trump International Hotel.  The Maine Sunday Telegram reported the state spent at least $22,000 for stays at the hotel.

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Creative Portland is launching a new event intending to highlight the city's performing arts talent. It will take place this Sunday, Feb. 17. The show will feature music, dance, digital art. Singer JanaeSound recently relocated to Portland from St. Louis, Missouri, and will be performing on Sunday. Her song "Diamonds" has racked up more than 100,000 listeners on services like SoundCloud and Spotify. She spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

This week, Gov. Janet Mills' administration tackled improving relations with Maine's four federally recognized Indian tribes, appointed a director of opioid response and eliminated a work requirement under Medicaid expansion. On the latest edition of Maine's Political Pulse, Irwin Gratz spoke with Maine Public's State House Bureau Chief Steve Mistler about the latest developments from Augusta.

The U.S. Senate voted on two competing bills Thursday to end the government shutdown and resolve President Donald Trump's request for border wall funding. Both failed. Both the left and the right sought Republican Sen. Susan Collins' vote — and she ultimately supported the president's request.

Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talked about Collins' votes with State House Bureau Chief Steve Mistler.

It's Friday, and time once again for Maine's Political Pulse. Maine's new Legislature is gearing up to consider some 2,000 bills, but one measure could signal a bigger issue. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon is proposing a paid leave bill that would be funded by a tax on employee earnings. Gov Janet Mills has vowed to not raise taxes. Joining Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz to talk about that and other legislative proposals are Political Pulse regulars Mal Leary and Steve Mistler.

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Last year at this time, an index of real estate activity in Maine indicated that the market had risen to levels not seen since the Great Recession. This year, there are signs that things could cool off. Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with the Maine Real Estate & Development Association's new president, Gary Vogel, about the condition of the real estate market in Maine, and what the future might hold, as the association holds its annual meeting Thursday in Portland.

It's Friday, and that means it's time once again for Maine's Political Pulse.  Maine Public Radio's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with our political team, Mal Leary and Steve Mistler, about Maine's new Legislature. It's just getting to work in earnest for its first regular session, which is expected to run until sometime in June. The session is likely to handle some 2,000 pieces of legislation, and most of the bill titles were disclosed this week.

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Among those with a new perspective on national affairs is Jared Golden, Maine's newly elected 2nd District congressman.  The Democrat spoke from Washington Wednesday with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about President Trump's plea over the national airwaves Tuesday night for a wall along the U.S.'s southern border.

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