Susan Sharon

Deputy News Director

Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She’s also a general assignment reporter who began her career at Maine Public Radio working at the State House in 1992, and still loves the work, which takes her to the Maine State Prison for a story on solitary confinement one day and to the foothills of western Maine to look for wood thrush the next.

Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana, where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student. She has also worked at television stations in Montana and Maine. You can occasionally hear her stories on NPR.

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J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press/file

Republican Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she's not surprised that people turned out to protest President Donald Trump's executive order in droves over the weekend.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public/file

Lewiston Mayor Robert MacDonald met with Gov. Paul LePage Friday morning to alert him to what he says is a growing problem: too many asylum seekers. Figures show that over the past three years the number has more than doubled in Lewiston. The city gets help from the state, but the mayor says it’s not enough.

More than 1,500 people gathered at the Portland International Jetport Sunday afternoon, joining pop-up protests at airports and on public squares around the country designed to show support for refugees in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order.

Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

WASHINGTON D.C. -  Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say they're in favor of protecting the nation's borders from terrorism, but they say President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning all refugees is not just too broad but likely to be ineffective- and possibly harmful.

A view from the James B. Longley Bridge between Lewiston and Auburn.
Susan Sharon/Maine Public

Tell someone in Maine you’re going to L-A and they’ll know right away you don’t mean Los Angeles. You’re talking about the other L-A: Lewiston-Auburn.

People who advocate for refugees and immigrants in Maine, say the community is shaken by President Donald Trump's actions this week on immigration.

"There is a lot of fear around the community, and they feel targeted and victimized," says Mohamed Ali Ibrahim, an organizer in Lewiston with the Maine People's alliance.

Trump this week signed directives on a border wall, and the cutting of federal funds for sanctuary cities.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

LEWISTON, Maine - Residents of Lewiston and Auburn were presented with some reasons to consider consolidating their two cities at a public meeting Wednesday night. More discussions are planned before voters decide whether they support a merger in November.

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

One day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, thousands of women and men turned out across Maine Saturday to raise their voices, show solidarity and pledge to stand up for women's and immigrants' rights, for the LGBT community and for the environment. 

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine said Thursday that he will vote against President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says he won’t be supporting Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, but he will support President-elect Donald Trump’s three national security-related nominations.

LEWISTON, Maine - Sometime today, President-elect Donald Trump can expect to receive an open letter from more than 700 U.S. physics and astronomy faculty about the need for science to inform national policy such as climate change and nuclear proliferation. 

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

More than 250 people turned out for a rally to support immigrants and refugees in Lewiston on Saturday.

Josh Kuckens / Bates College

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students and faculty at Bates College in Lewiston discussed and reflected on Dr. King’s legacy with a series of workshops, performances and a morning keynote address from author and Harvard Kennedy School professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad.

A team of paranormal investigators in Maine has captured what it says appears to be the photo of the ghost of a woman at the City Theatre in Biddeford. Legend has it that a young actress who died during a performance in 1904 still haunts the theatre. Eva Gray received four curtain calls that night. But as Susan Sharon reported in this story in 2004, she never got the chance to enjoy her fame.

Maine Public file

An investigation by the state’s Animal Welfare Program has found no evidence of animal cruelty or proof that Hillandale Farms in Turner violated best management practices.

The massive egg operation, owned by Jack DeCoster and leased by Hillandale, came under fire last year from the Humane Society of the United States for a series of alleged animal cruelty violations.