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.

Ways to Connect

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews will kick off with Benjamin Pollard, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Why is the Blue Hill native running for office and which issues does he believe are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with Benjamin Pollard, Democratic candidate for the Senate seat now held by Olympia Snowe, in the June 12th Primary Election.

Benjamin Pollard's website

Maine Women Writers

Mar 29, 2012

The Maine Festival of the Book 2012 is March 29 thru April 1. The group "Maine Women Write," was founded in the fall of 2011 with a mission to celebrate and promote the works of Maine women authors.

  Host Keith Shortall spoke with with:

Liza Bakewell, author and Co-Founder and Co-Director of "Maine Women Write,"

Shonna Milliken Humphrey, author and local culture and food writer

and Deirdre Fulton/(Elizabeth Miles), author and staff writer at the Portland Phoenix.

 

  AARP recently rolled out 'You’ve Earned a Say,' a national conversation about strengthening health and retirement security. What are the questions that AARP is asking members and non-members to address?

AARP is moving the Medicare and Social Security debate out of the beltway to the communities across America. Host Keith Shortall spoke with 

Lori Parham, Maine State Director for AARP,

  Addiction, recovery and the role of the state. Maine has one of the nation's highest rates of opiate addiction. The legislature is considering limiting MaineCare funds used to help addicts in recovery.  What does this mean for patients, the state's budget and how best to address the epidemic?

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

  March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Understanding and treating brain injuries.  Whether the result of a concussion, car accident or fall, brain injuries can strike at any time. They discussed the latest developments helping those who have suffered a brain injury. 

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

Dr. Mark Kiefner, Clinical Director, Goodwill Neuro-rehab,

Dr. Paul D. Berkner, D.O., FAAP, Medical Director/Team Physician, Colby College; President of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative,

  Senator Snowe has decided not to run for another term in the US Senate. How does this affect Maine's political landscape? A special Your Vote 2012 90-minute Maine Calling explores the possible answers. 

Host Keith Shortall speaks with local and national guests and will take calls from listeners.

Food Trends of 2012

Feb 28, 2012

  The South Beach Food and Wine Festival took place at the end of February.  JM Hirsch was there covering it. We'll talk to him about the event and get Kathy Gunst's reactions.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

JM Hirsch, Head Food Writer for the AP and

Kathy Gunst, Chef and Author  

2012.sobefest.com/

www.kathygunst.com/

www.lunchboxblues.com/

  Celebrating the great Outdoors in Maine.   We'll get a preview of the upcoming Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, on March 2-4, a public-private partnership of events around the state to celebrate the how, where and what of being active outdoors in Maine.

Great Maine Outdoor WeekendHost Keith Shortall speaks with:

Scot Balentine; Senior Product Developer for Equipment, LLBean Inc.

Warren (Whit) Whitney; Land Trust Program Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust 

  February 18 marks the 22nd edition of Maine's premier event for Maine homeowners and renters to learn about products and services for home updates, improvements and remodeling. More than 180 exhibitors will showcase the latest home improvement products and services for budgets large and small. Hear from the organizers and some exhibitors.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Josh Wojcik, the founder and owner of Upright Frameworks.

Dewitt Kimball of Complete Home Evaluation.

Same-Sex Marriage

Feb 14, 2012

  The issue of same-sex marriage will again appear on the November ballot as a state-wide referendum question. In 2009, voters overrode a law recognizing gay marriage. Supporters have gathered enough signatures to put the question to voters again. Hear from the representatives from opposite sides of the issue discuss the campaign.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director of the based-Boston Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.

  During his "State of the State Address," Governor LePage (R) urged lawmakers to close the $220-million budget gap at the Department of Health and Human Services. Commissioner Mary Mayhew, State Senator Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston), and a panel of experts discuss.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew

State Senator Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston)

Getting into College

Jan 19, 2012

  Has the college admissions process gotten too complicated? Our guests discuss the latest in what colleges and universities look for in applicants.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with: 

Whitney Soule, Bowdoin College director of admissions

Jon Henry, who works in the admissions office at the University of Maine-Augusta

and Robin Lary, director of placement at Scarborough High School.

Learning Languages

Jan 12, 2012

  A conversation about polyglots and hyperpolyglots, those with the ability to speak or write several languages. Author Michael Erard discusses his new book about the search for the world's most extraordinary language learners.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with 

Michael Erard author of Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners.

  Which issues will dominate the legislative landscape in 2012? Host Keith Shortall was joined by a panel of political watchers as they previewed the year ahead in Maine Politics.

Guests included:

Mal Leary of Capitol News Service

MPBN State House Bureau Chief A. J. Higgins

University of Southern Maine Political Science Professor Ronald Schmidt

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