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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WATCH: Maine Lobstermen Recall Freeing Seal Pup From Rope

Jul 18, 2017
Keith Shortall / Maine Public

MATINICUS, Maine — Two Maine lobstermen who rescued a seal pup off Matinicus Rock say they’re glad the video puts a positive face on the fishing industry.

Capt. Jeremy Willey and Jeffrey Dorr Jr. were lobstering Monday when they saw a baby seal entangled and floating in rope. They pulled the pup aboard and Willey began to carefully cut the rope in an effort to free the seal’s head, while Dorr captured the moment on his smartphone.

Across the Aisle is the weekly Maine politics roundtable discussion between Keith Shortall and a cast of political pundits. This week, Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertizing and Marketing, who served in the legislature as a Republican and Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former democratic legislator weigh in on the early field of entrants vying to replace Paul LePage as governor of Maine.

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It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics. This week, attorney Cynthia Dill, a former Democratic state senator, and Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican lawmaker.

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Americans of a certain age will remember Slim Goodbody, a man in a unitard painted with internal organs who appeared on Captain Kangaroo and other programs as an advocate for good nutrition.

The man in the costume is John Burstein, who now lives in Lincolnville and still takes the character on tour promoting good health. Burstein has also created a new musical comedy currently running at Portland Stage.

In “The Night Kitchen,” the pots and pans, wine and cheese, and knives and spatulas come alive after the chefs have left for the evening.

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; Mike Cianchette, an attorney and former chief counsel to Republican Gov. Paul LePage; and Cynthia Dill, an attorney who served in Augusta as a Democrat.

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 who served in Augusta as a Democrat.

The spiritual, as a musical form, was born in America. It emerged from pain and despair, but over time would become a gift to the nation. This weekend in Falmouth and Brunswick, a Maine-based chorale will accompany a world-renowned countertenor in a concert production called “Amazing Grace: The American Spiritual.” The multimedia performances are designed to convey how the music helps to tell the story of the nation itself.

If you listen carefully to a recorded performance of the spiritual “Precious Lord,” it might surprise you that the singer would be a guy like Reginald Mobley.

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 who served in Augusta as a Democrat.

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Former politician, historian and philanthropist Neil Rolde has died.

Rolde, who authored more than a dozen books and served as Democratic leader in the Maine House in the 1970s, is being remembered for his public service and contributions to Maine history.

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 who served in Augusta as a Democrat.

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 who served in Augusta as a Democrat.

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Camden-based author Tess Gerritsen is best known for mystery novels, including a string of books that inspired the TV series “Rizzoli and Isles.” She is now branching out into film, or as she proudly describes it, low-budget horror.

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

In advance of Earth Day, April 22, we discuss Maine as a laboratory for environmental study.

Guests:  Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College Lecturer and Environmental Studies Program Manager

Dave Carlon, Bowdoin College Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Coastal Studies Center

Matthew Klingle, Bowdoin College Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies and Director of the Environmental Studies Program

Email Talk@MainePublic.org for more information.

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 who served in Augusta as a Democrat.

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