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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The glass eel/elver fishery
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A former Passamaquoddy tribal representative to the Maine Legislature and his two sons are among eight people who have been charged with three counts of felony possession of American eels, and conspiracy to commit a crime in the state of New York. Fred Moore of Perry, a vocal critic of the state of Maine's elver management plan, said the other six are members of the Unkechaug Indian Nation on Long Island. And he said were all arrested while trying to carry out the Unkechaug's own conservation plan for eels.

When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.

Court documents in an old tax dispute indicate that the owners of a pipeline that crosses Maine - and could be used to transport tar sands oil - is several years past its retirement date.

The National Wildlife Federation has uncovered court documents from an old tax dispute that it says show yet another reason why any plan by the Exxon-owned Portland Pipe Line Corp. to transport tar sands oil through the pipeline that runs across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont is risky. Jim Murphy is senior counsel for the National Wildlife Federation's northeast regional center.

It's been one of the best kept open secrets in Maine politics for more than 20 years, and now Democratic Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud has confirmed it: "Yes, I am gay but - you know, so what? I am who I am." Michaud says coming out was a personal decision. He thought a lot about it. But he wanted to get it off the table amid what he calls "the whisper campaigns, insinuations and push polls" those opposed to his candidacy have raised in the high-stakes race for governor.

Tar Sands Pipeline

May 30, 2013

  The debate over transporting oil from Canada's tar sands through Maine.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by

Larry Wilson, president of the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line Corp.

and Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Project Director with the Natural Resources Council of Maine

Recent Portland Press Herald Article

Senator Angus King

Mar 28, 2013

  Senator King discussed the latest budget battles in Washington and his legislative priorities.

 Host Susan Sharon was joined by:

Senator Angus King

  Our What Does It Mean series continues with a discussion of what does it mean to be religious? What is the role of religion in modern society and what does faith mean to people with differing beliefs.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by:

Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld, Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

Pamela Shellberg, Assistant Professor in New Testament, Bangor Theological Seminary

Biodiversity in Maine

Sep 20, 2012

  The Executive director of the Biodiversity Research Institute and Jim Fowler - former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, discussed our state's wildlife and how we interact with it.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by:

Dave Evers, Executive Director/Chief Scientist, Biodiversity Research Institute

and Jim Fowler, naturalist and former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

  A discussion of gun ownership, gun laws and the 2nd amendment debate in Maine.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by :

Bill Harwood, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence - board of directors; attorney (partner at Verril Dana)

Jeff Weinstein, President of Maine Gun Owners Association

and Chief Bob Schwartz, Executive Director of Maine Chiefs of Police Association

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