Keith Shortall

Senior 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

  Two Maine judges shared their family court experiences and tell how to do a divorce the right way.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Andrew 'Mark' Horton, who has been a judge since 1999, first on the Maine District Court and now on the Maine Superior Court, and

John David Kennedy, who was appointed as a Judge of the Maine District Court in 2002, and sits in the District Court in mid-coast Maine.

Together they have written a book, "Do Your Divorce Right."

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Deb Plowman, Assistant Majority Leader of the Maine Senate and a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the June Primary.

Host Keith Shortall will ask her why she's running for office and which issues she believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Deb Plowman's website

Family Farmers

May 1, 2012

  A discussion was held about what it takes to run a farm, the success rate for those new to the business, and why some are looking for a connection with the land and rural life.

Host Keith Shortall discussed family farming with:

Caragh Fitzgerald, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension,(she teaches a course to new farmers)

John Piotti, Executive Director, Maine Farmland Trust,

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with Blaine Richardson, a Republican candidate for Maine's Second Congressional District in the June Primary.

Host Keith Shortall asked the retired Navy veteran and business owner why he's running and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of this state.

Blaine Richardson's website

  There was a recap of the Maine legislative session and a look ahead to the upcoming House and Senate primary contests.

Host Keith Shortall held a conversation about what was, and wasn't, accomplished in Augusta this session, with A Jay Higgins,MPBN State House Bureau Chief, and Emily Shaw, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Thomas College.

Thomas College

Your Vote 2012 - Matt Dunlap
Maine Public

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with Matt Dunlap, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the June Primary.

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

Matt Dunlap's website

Matt Dunlap's Facebook page

  End of life care. In Maine, the hospice movement has grown over the years, helping to address the needs of the state's older population or those with terminal illness who may not benefit from a hospital setting. 

Host Keith Shortall conducted a conversation about one of the most difficult times for patients and their families. Hospice offers people support, care and comfort during the end of life.  He Spoke with: 

David Giansiracusa (in studio), Director of Palliative Care at Maine Health,

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with Charlie Summers, Maine's Secretary of State and a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the June Primary.  Why is he running for office and which issues does he believe are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with Charlie Summers, Republican candidate for the senate seat now held by Olympia Snowe.

Charlie Summers website

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Scott D'Amboise, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. We asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with Scott D'Amboise, Republican candidate for the senate seat now held by Olympia Snowe.

Scott D'Amboise website

  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.

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