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.

Ways to Connect

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with John Courtney, the Maine Senate Majority Leader, and a Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District seat in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine. 

John Courtney's website

  Helping small businesses in Maine get off the ground and thrive. We spoke with leaders from the Maine Technology Institute and SCOREMaine about their organizations and what they offer new and emerging businesses in Maine. We also heard from two individuals who have worked with MTI and SCOREMaine and can offer firsthand accounts of how they were helped.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continues with Jon Hinck, a member of the Maine House representing Portland, and a Democratic candidate for the US Senate in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

John Hinck website

  Author Tovar Cerulli talks about why he went from vegan to hunter/meat-eater.

Host Keith Shortall will speak with author, Tovar Cerulli, about his new book, "The Mindful Carnivore:  A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance." The author will be at Longfellow Books in Portland at 7pm on 4/12.

Tovar Cerulli

Book Reviews

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with Kevin Raye, President of the Maine Senate and Republican candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked Kevin why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Kevin Raye's website

Bullying

Apr 10, 2012

  Confronting bullying. When kids harass kids, the effects can be devastating. Celebrities are speaking out against the problem and a newly released documentary shows how cruel bullying can be.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

Stan Davis, Former social worker and guidance counselor who writes and speaks about bullying prevention through his organization, Stop Bullying Now.

Kelly Hasson, Principal, Hall Elementary School in Portland. She has made progress in her school in addressing bullying.

  Our Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Patrick Calder, Republican candidate for Maine's 1st Congressional District in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked the Eastport native why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Patrick Calder's website

  The hefty cost of college—how can families pay for today’s rising tuition rates? It’s the season for that big decision about which college to attend, and financial aid plays a major part in that decision. How should families decipher the aid packages, and what other options make college costs more manageable? How to pay for college?

  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.

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