Ed Morin

News Producer

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his B.A. in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with Public Broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.

After doing post-graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Ed took a full time job with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network in 1979 and has been with the company ever since. Ed works primarily as a news producer although over the years he has produced a number of TV arts and public affairs programs as well as many radio arts and music programs. For many years Ed was the principal producer of Maine Stage. These days he is heard primarily as producer of Midday as well as Maine Things Considered newscast producer.

Ed counts among his passions music, sports and family, not necessarily in that order. He sort of plays piano and guitar and has done a good deal of singing. He is an enthusiastic figure skater.

Ed and his wife live in Portland and have four grown boys.

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One of the bridges that connects Maine and New Hampshire is stuck in the up position and closed to all motor vehicle traffic at least through tomorrow because of a mechanical problem.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which carries the U.S. Route 1 bypass over the Piscataqua River between Kittery and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was raised into its default position early this morning to allow for river traffic.

State health officials are urging Mainers to take precautions as tickborne diseases surge in the state.

The Maine Center For Disease Control and Prevention says, as warm weather continues and Mainers enjoy outdoor activities, the state has received a record number of tickborne disease reports.

While mention of ticks often brings Lyme disease to mind, state epidemiologist Dr Siri Bennett says deer ticks can also carry other diseases such as anaplamosis and babesiosis, which are also on the rise.

Researchers at the University of Maine are using a $400,000 three year grant to study the survival of endangered Atlantic Salmon moving upstream in the Penobscot River as adults and moving downstream into the ocean as juveniles.

“Trying to understand the connectivity in the life history for these fish and certainly looking at that in the context of dams as impediments for movement in terms of delay as well as in terms of survival,” says Joe Zydlewski, a professor in the department of wildlife fisheries and conservation biology at the University of Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Department of Marine Resources has reopened the menhaden fishery, after closing it earlier this month.

Department spokesperson Jeff Nichols says the state closed the fishery because initial reports seemed to indicate that the quota of menhaden - or pogies - for Maine, Rhode Island and New York, had been used up.

But Nichols says that's turned out not to be true. "We determined that there still are more fish to catch."

More than 100,000 pages of historical Maine newspapers will be digitized and made available online through a two-year, $275,000 grant the Maine State Library is getting from from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The state library’s Adam Fisher says the project will involve creating digital images of Master microfilm copies of newspapers printed prior to 1923, after which copyright starts to apply for publications.

Fisher says the masters are located in a variety of places.

State fisheries officials are urging Maine anglers to keep in mind that recent hot dry weather can have a negative effect on coldwater species such as trout and landlocked salmon.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Fisheries Director Francis Brautigam says this time of year, it’s not unusual to experience low flows and elevated water temperatures in streams, lakes and ponds. He says the real difference this year is the duration.

Those fishing are being asked to be more conscientious when fishing and handling fish.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

Four farmer-owners, originally from Somalia, are starting a new 30-acre cooperative farm on College Street in Lewiston.

PORTLAND, Maine - Consumers relying on the convenience of public wireless networks can be putting their sensitive personal information at risk.  That's according to a new survey from AARP. 

The organization's Fraud Watch Network survey found that nearly half of consumers log on to free public wi-fi at least once every few months. 

AARP spokesperson Jane Margesson says, while people can use public wi-fi to do thing like check sports scores and look at the weather forecast, they should not be using free wi-fi networks for anything that requires a password.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland Police say they've arrested a 28-year-old citizen of Norway in connection with email threats to kill officers using explosives and high powered rifles.  

Portland officers and the FBI took Espen Brungodt into custody today at around 1 p.m. at the Residence Inn in Portland.  

The threats led to the temporary closure of a parking garage near the police station and evacuation of the Cumberland County Courthouse.

PORTLAND, Maine - It might be the height of the summer driving season, but gas prices in Maine and across the nation continue to fall. 

The statewide average price of regular gas in Maine is down almost 4 cents a gallon from last week, to $2.17 a gallon.  That's 16 cents less than a month ago and 49 cents less than this time last year. 

Gregg Laskoski, of the price-tracking website GasBuddy.com,  says there continues to be a global supply and demand imbalance.

PORTLAND, Maine - On Friday a new state law takes effect designating Nov. 1 as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Appreciation Day in Maine. 

There is a national movement to recognize the holiday as an annual event; Maine is believed to be the first state to do so.  The measure was introduced on behalf of Jay Emerson, of the Penobscot County town of Hudson. 

PORTLAND, Maine - The state of Maine is receiving more than $10.5 million in federal money to help fund replacement of the bridge the connects Beals Island and the town of Beals, in Washington County, with the mainland at Jonesport. 

Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot says the existing bridge was built in 1958.

PORTLAND, Maine - Insurance company investigators have tentatively identified failure of concrete grout as the cause of a chairlift failure at Maine's Sunday River ski resort earlier this month.

The top unloading terminal of Sunday River's Spruce Peak Triple lift toppled over when the foundation separated from the mountaintop. 

PORTLAND, Maine - Severe storms moving east across the state are taking a toll on some trees and knocking down electric lines, leading to a number of power outages. 

At this hour, Central Maine Power is reporting around 7,400 outages in its service area, about 3,700 of them in Somerset County.  Emera Maine is reporting about 1,700 outages.

CMP spokesperson Gail Rice says there are  reports of trees down in Franklin, Piscataquis and Somerset Counties. 

PORTLAND, Maine - Four Maine school districts and a provider of rural health care are sharing more in $1.6 million in federal funding to expand access to rural broadband and telemedicine.

The four school districts will use their U.S. Department of Agriculture money to purchase video conferencing equipment. The almost $400,000 that MaineHealth has been awarded will be used to install telehealth videoconferencing carts at six rural medical clinics and at three home health agency sites.