Susan Sharon

Deputy News Director

Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student. She has also worked at television stations in Montana and Maine.

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Democrat Joe Baldacci has ended his campaign for Maine’s 2nd Congressional district.

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to allow proposed rules clarifying the rights of LGBT students to move forward.

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It’s official — the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization has confirmed what other agencies including NASA have said earlier: 2015 was the hottest year on record.

The global surface temperature is 1 degree Celsius above the preindustrial era, which the agency says makes voluntary commitments reached in the Paris climate change talks still possible, but very difficult.

And that’s why some cities and towns are taking action on their own. On Mount Desert Island, the goal is to become fossil fuel free in 15 years.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Treatment providers and physicians are among those advocating for an increase in MaineCare reimbursement rates for methadone clinics.

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LEWISTON, Maine - Maine's 2nd District Congressman Bruce Poliquin says he'll sponsor legislation known as the "No Welfare for Terrorists Act of 2016" to close a loophole in federal law that allows terrorists to collect food stamps.

Poliquin says it's unclear whether a convicted terrorist has ever received welfare because the federal government doesn't track such data.  But he says he wants to prevent it from happening in the future.

Poliquin points to the five accomplices to the Boston marathon bombing as one example.