Keith Shortall

News and Public Affairs Director

Keith is Maine Public’s News and Public Affairs Director. He grew up in Thomaston, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1982, majoring in philosophy. He began his career in commercial broadcasting in Portland, before moving to Maine Public in 1989. Keith has been Maine Public’s Director of News and Public Affairs for 17 years, and before that served as Deputy News Director, and as a reporter, host and producer of Maine Things Considered.

Keith oversees the Maine Public news staff, and is the primary editor of Maine news and feature stories aired on Maine Public Radio, and TV news specials including election debates and the annual live “State of the State” address. He is the host and producer of the weekly political roundtable “Across the Aisle” and on occasion takes the host chair for the daily call-in news program Maine Calling.

Keith and his family live in Thomaston and he plays drums for any band that will have him.

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It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney who served in the Legislature as a Democrat; Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent lawmaker; and Mike Cianchette, an attorney and former chief counsel to Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic legislator; Phil Harriman, a financial planner who served in Augusta as a Republican; and Dick Woodbury, an economist and independent lawmaker.

It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney who served in the Legislature as a Democrat; Dick Woodbury, and economist and former independent lawmaker; and Meredith Strang-Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, who served at the State House as a Republican.

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At 11:30 a.m. every workday the lunch whistle blows at Bath Iron Works, and shipfitters, welders, pipefitters, electricians and painters gather in at the yard’s south gate for a strict 30-minute lunch break. But many Bath residents know very little about these people or about the dangerous work they do.

It's Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney who served in the Legislature as a Democrat; Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent lawmaker; and Meredith Strang-Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, who served at the State House as a Republican.

It’s Thursday, and time for the Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics. This week, Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Legislature as an independent; Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising, a former Republican lawmaker; and Cynthia Dill, an attorney and columnist who served in Augusta as a Democrat.

Bowdoin College has received a $10 million gift from Apple Vice President Phil Schiller and his wife Kim Gassett-Schiller to expand its Coastal Studies Center on Harpswell Sound.

The Schillers, whose son graduated this year, say they have a deep interest in science and finding answers to questions.

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet experienced her first moments of life in a modest duplex in the midcoast city of Rockland.

It’s Thursday and so we turn to Maine politics in this week’s edition of the Across the Aisle. Keith Shortall spoke with Cynthia Dill, a Portland attorney who served in the Legislature as Democrat, and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing.

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Richard Dudman, an American newsman who rose to prominence in the 1970s and later made his home in Maine, has died. The Ellsworth American reported that Dudman passed away at a retirement community in Blue Hill. He was 99.

It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic legislator who writes a column for the Portland Press Herald, and Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, who served in the Legislature as a Republican.

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Ryan Lizza has been covering politics for the New Yorker for 10 years, but recently broke the big story about Anthony Scaramucci’s profanity laced rant that played a part in ending his tenure as White House communications director just a few days after it began.

Young leaders from 18 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa conclude a six-week fellowship at the University of Maine Friday. Among them is Obakeng Sethamo, the founder and director of Climate Exploration Hub in Botswana.

“The biggest population in Africa is of young people, which means the continent is growing, and with that level of growth in terms of access to energy, that is the biggest thing for young people and that is the biggest opportunity right there,” he says.

It's Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic legislator who writes a column for the Portland Press Herald, and Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, who served in the Legislature as a Republican.

It’s Thursday, and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic legislator who writes a column for the Portland Press Herald, and Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, who served in the Legislature as a Republican.

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