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 again 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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The man once dubbed “the high priest of Republican tax cutting” is speaking in Maine tonight.

Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform, a group he created in 1985 to oppose all tax increases and advocate for a simpler, flatter structure.

More recently Norquist has been talking about how the conservative House Freedom Caucus could still play a role in repealing the Affordable Care Act, and also in reducing taxes.

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

It's Thursday and we are talking politics on Across the Aisle. This week, Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent legislator; Mike Cianchette, an attorney and former chief counsel to Gov. Paul LePage; and public affairs consultant David Farmer, who served as deputy chief of staff for Gov. John Baldacci.

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.

It's Thursday and time for 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 John Eder, who served in the Legislature as a member of Green Independent Party.

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 Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic lawmaker; Dick Woodbury, and economist who served in the Legislature as an independent; and former Republican state lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing.

It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly foray into Maine politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic lawmaker; Dick Woodbury, and economist who served in the Legislature as an independent; and former Republican state lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing.

Gov. Paul LePage on the dais at his town hall meeting in Biddeford on January 26, 2016.
Patty Wight/Maine Public

It’s Thursday, and time once again for Across the Aisle our weekly roundtable on politics.

This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic lawmaker…Dick Woodbury, and economist who served in the legislature as an independent and former republican state lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing.

It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics.

This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic lawmaker; Dick Woodbury, and economist who served in the Legislature as an independent; and former Republican state lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing.

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

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

It’s Thursday, and for the final time this year we bring you Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic lawmaker; Dick Woodbury, and economist who served in the Legislature as an independent; and former Republican state lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing.

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