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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The Maine Real Estate and Development Association holds an annual “look-ahead” conference on Thursday. It’ll be online, of course.

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Maine is a geographically large state with a widely dispersed population. It’s a challenging place to cover comprehensively.

President Joe Biden is sending Congress an immigration reform bill on Wednesday in an attempt to end years of immigration policy fashioned by executive order and court rulings.

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At the former Loring Air Force base in Limestone, where B-52s once flew, a new kind of rocket is to take flight Friday.

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Maine’s 1st District Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree spoke with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about Thursday’s historic impeachment vote and what comes next.

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Limestone is to be the site of a test flight Friday of the first rocket powered by a biofuel. And a sensing device developed by Falmouth High School students will be aboard.

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LifeFlight helicopters and planes bring patients to the critical care they need when ground services like ambulances aren’t fast enough or can’t reach remote spaces.

Travel to and from Maine remained depressed over Christmas weekend.

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The new coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on several industries around Maine in the past year. But there is at least one company that has stepped up to answer the call for needed products. And as a result, it has won a Best in Business Award from Inc. Magazine.

Maine’s economy staged a strong rebound over the summer.

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In Falmouth, a tradition of caroling at local nursing homes was replaced on Sunday with “car caroling” held behind the church.

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The Greater Portland Metro bus system says it will reduce capacity next week in an attempt to curb any spread of COVID-19.

First-time claims for unemployment in Maine jumped upward, to 2,996, in the week ending Dec. 5.

That was a 55 percent increase over the week before. It was also the highest number of first-time claims since mid-July.

About 1,200 Mainers filed first time claims in the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, set up to help freelancers and others who don’t qualify for ordinary state benefits.

Since March 15, the state has paid out over $1.7 billion in benefits under the state and federal programs.

The Maine Economic Growth Council has released its annual Measures of Growth, a report card of what the state has accomplished economically and what it still has to work on.

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Astronaut and Caribou-native Jessica Meir will join a team of 17 other astronauts as part of a new NASA initiative to put people on the moon.