Keith Shortall

News Editor

Keith 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 taken on a number of roles at Maine Public 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. Keith 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.

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Anyone active in Maine’s outdoors scene either knows or knows of George Smith.

For 18 years, he served as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. He also hosted a TV show called Wildfire, and is perhaps best known for his articles, columns, blogs and books about the Maine outdoors, sporting camps and the sights and sounds of the state he loves.

In one of those columns last week, Smith revealed that he has been diagnosed with ALS.

Maine Calling’s Jennifer Rooks spoke with Smith and with Nell Davies from the ALS Foundation on Friday.

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 former Republican legislator Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

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Maine’s economy is likely to continue on a track of slow growth in 2018, according to several experienced observers.

Maine State Economist Amanda Rector and Yellow Light Breen of the Maine Development Foundation both see the economy limited by a chronic shortage of skilled labor and an aging workforce. They told Maine Public Radio’s Jennifer Rooks that it’s a problem that affects key indicators including, Rector says, personal income growth.

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, former chief counsel to Republican Gov. Paul LePage. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

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.

Joe Loughlin didn’t grow up wanting to be a cop. He says he kind of fell into it and then made it a career, rising the ranks to become commander of the special reaction team of the Portland Police Department, and later to assistant chief of police.

Now a consultant, Loughlin and writing partner Kate Clark Flora have just published a book, “Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions and Myths about Police Shootings.”

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine took to the Senate floor late Monday afternoon in praise of the $1.4 trillion GOP tax plan.

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.

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Need a quick test to see whether you have a concussion? There’s an app for that. In fact, it was developed by two Falmouth High School sophomores, who Friday were announced as winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for Maine’s 1st District.

Let’s say you’re playing a pickup game of basketball. You go up strong for a rebound and knock heads with another player, hard. You’re not feeling quite right. You want to keep playing but worry you might have a concussion.

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, a Republican who served at the State House as a Republican.

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, a Republican who served at the State House.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District voted with fellow Republicans on Thursday in favor of the House tax overhaul proposal, which he says will help Maine families and small businesses.

In a written statement, Poliquin says the House bill keeps intact the current highest tax rate for top earners and simplifies the system so that ordinary Mainers will be able to keep more of their own money.

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If you’ve ever experienced a migraine headache, you probably think of it as something bad. But a University of Maine psychology professor has a new theory about migraine attacks: that they may actually be the body’s natural way of protecting and repairing itself from toxins in the brain.

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 who served in the Legislature as a Democrat; Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent lawmaker; and Mike Chianchette, an attorney and former chief counsel to Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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