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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President Joe Biden is expected to reveal a $3 trillion infrastructure plan on Wednesday, and some rail supporters hope it will contain money for something called the North Atlantic Rail plan.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press file

United Airlines is adding six new destinations for passengers traveling from the Portland International Jetport.

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public file

If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud that has hovered over Maine’s economy, it may be the state’s newfound attractiveness to people from other states.

Unemployment in Maine rose by two-tenths of a percent in January, to 5.2%. But the state Labor Department reports 2,000 more jobs were created that month, the biggest since last September.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

As part of Maine Public Deep Dive: Coronavirus, looking at Maine’s first year of the pandemic, Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz spoke with Maine Gov. Janet Mills.

Drivers at the Maine Turnpike exit near the Maine Mall will begin noticing changes this week as work on a new interchange enters a new phase.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public file

It was a year ago this week that the impact of the pandemic reached Maine as Gov. Janet Mills issued her first executive orders.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia is being suspended for a third year in a row, and when it does resume, passengers will find renovated terminals on both sides of the Gulf of Maine.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public file

As we try to keep our eye on different parts of Maine, we’re going to look west to Bethel.

Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times via AP, Pool

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says he doesn’t understand why Republicans are so opposed to the pandemic aid bill that passed over the weekend.

Tom Andrews says his interest in Myanmar dates back to 1990, when he was elected to the U.S. House as Maine’s 1st District representative.

Elise Amendola / Associated Press file

Maine businesses and educational institutions are getting behind the latest attempt to reform federal immigration law.

Gov. Janet Mills began her State of the Budget speech last night with a pandemic pep talk.

Charles Krupa / Associated Press

The state transportation department has released a study of options for a new Portland train station. Currently, Amtrak’s Downeaster trains between Boston and Brunswick must get off the main line track to reach the existing Portland station, which adds 15 minutes to every run.

The number of Mainers filing for state unemployment insurance benefits has fallen for a sixth straight week. The Maine Department of Labor on Thursday reported 2,025 people filed first-time claims, down from 2,158 the week before.