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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PORTLAND, Maine - Motorists traveling near the Portland International Jetport Saturday morning should expect some traffic congestion as the jetport conducts a live training, mass casualty exercise.

May is the time of year when Mainers start heading outside to enjoy warmer weather — it’s also when ticks start coming out. That’s why state health officials have named May Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine and are reminding people to get in the habit of taking precautions against ticks and tickborne diseases.

“We had in 2015 over 1,200 people with Lyme disease, and that’s a lot of people for the state of Maine,” says State Epidemiologist Siiri Bennet.

After being at the helm of the University of New England for almost 11 years, Danielle Ripich plans to retire in June of next year.

Under Ripich’s leadership, the private institution has launched a College of Pharmacy, a College of Dental Medicine, an online College of Graduate and Professional Studies and established a campus in Tangier, Morocco. In addition, the school has increased its enrollment from 4,000 to more than 10,000 and expanded its athletic offerings.

With a season that starts on June 5 and runs through the third week of August, Maine state parks are facing a shortage of lifeguards.

Kurt Shoener, who manages three state parks in southern Maine, says there’s a tight market for lifeguards. Of the five lifeguard positions at Crescent Beach State Park, he says four are open and only two people have applied.

Shoener says some other state parks in Maine have a similar number of openings with no applicants.

A British cruise line says one of its ships is sailing to Canada as planned despite evidence of a possible norovirus outbreak following a visit to the U.S., which included a stop in Portland on Sunday.

The CDC reports that around 250 of the 900 passengers had fallen ill, as well as eight members of the 500-member crew, since the 34-night cruise began in England on April 16.

PORTLAND, Maine - A section of I-395 in Bangor that was shut down this weekend so crews could replace a bridge is open again, about 18 hours ahead of schedule. 

Maine DOT spokesman Ted Talbot says the section between Exits 1 and 2 was cordoned off late Friday evening and reopened at 1 o'clock this afternoon.  It was originally expected to reopen at 7 tomorrow morning.

BANGOR, Maine - Bangor Police say a 12-year-old boy is facing charges after he stole a bus and went on a brief ride.

Cell phone video posted on the police department's Facebook page shows a large blue bus making a slow right hand turn and then traveling erratically down a highway.

Department spokesman Sgt. Tim Cotton says the boy allegedly stole the bus from John Cyr and Sons on Ohio Street. The excursion came to an end when John St. Germain, who was following the bus, was able to climb aboard and take control.

The nonprofit Friends of Fort Gorges has been awarded $5,000 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help fund a preservation plan.

The fort, which sits just off Portland in Casco Bay, was built as a response to the War of 1812, but construction didn’t start until 1858.

After a century and a half much of the fort has fallen into disrepair, but efforts are being made to preserve the unique edifice, which is short, six-sided and sports several dozen relatively small rectangular openings.

PORTLAND, Maine - Endangered piping plovers are returning to nest at beaches in southern Maine. Last year, a record number of the fragile shore birds hatched, and last week, the first egg-laden nests of the season were found.

Maine Aububon wildlife biologist Laura Minich Zitske says, so far this year, plover nests have been found in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay has laid out a new master plan that includes a new glass conservatory, year-round hours and up to 10 times the number of visitors envisioned when it initially opened in 2007.

Back then, the sprawling botanical facility on the Maine coast was expected to accommodate up to 40,000 visitors a year - a level achieved in its first year, before acreage was doubled.

State wildlife officials are reminding homeowners to remove potential food sources so bears don’t become a nuisance after emerging from their dens following their winter hibernation.

“With the lack of snow and the early onset of spring, bears are out of their dens earlier than normal,” says Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Bear Biologist Jennifer Vashon, and they’re hungry. “It’s just important for people to bring in their bird feeders, keep their garbage stored inside and, when their grills are in use, keep those inside as well.”

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Turnpike Authority and Maine Department of Transportation have launched a new outreach campaign to connect commuters who want to carpool for the daily drive to work.

Rebecca Grover is the Maine Turnpike Authority's Go Maine coordinator. She says at the heart of the program, which she calls EHarmony for car poolers, is new software which she says is easy to use and very private.

PORTLAND, Maine - A "Red Flag" warning for high fire danger is in effect until 6 p.m. for the entire state of Maine.

The National Weather Service says low relative humidity, gusty northwest winds and continued dry conditions mean that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly.

PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill designed to make the overdose reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription.

The legislation is designed to allow family members or friends to counteract an opiate overdose more quickly than emergency responders, in what is seen as a life or death situation.

In his veto message the governor says that naloxone, also known as Narcan, does not truly save lives, it merely extends them until the next overdose.

Democratic state Sen. Cathy Breen, the bill's lead Senate co-sponsor, says that's just not correct.

YORK, Maine - The funding cuts that resulted in the sudden closure of Food Rescue of York County this week are part of changes designed to get food aid to more Mainers more efficiently.

That's according to John Bott at Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

Bott says federal funding that the department administers had been going to a variety of agencies that provide food to food pantries. But under the latest contract, Good Shepherd food bank will handle the distribution statewide.

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