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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Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

President Trump may have signed an executive order to stop the forcible separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border, but Maine Congressperson Chellie Pingree says that's not the end of the issue. For one thing, there are caveats to the order itself, and Pingree says they raise red flags.

Maine’s 1st District U.S. House Rep. Pingree and more than 20 other Democrats will visit federal detention facilities in Texas this weekend to investigate conditions for immigrant families separated at the border.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The Lewiston City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance establishing a 10 p.m. curfew in Kennedy Park in an effort to curb violence and ethnic tensions in the city. The council also voted to expand camera surveillance in the city.

CQ Roll Call file photo

Updated 4:17 p.m.

Republican Maine Congressperson Bruce Poliquin says immigrant children should "stay with their parents."

Weighing into the ongoing controversy about the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy of immigrants crossing the border, Poliquin made the impromptu comments when confronted by a Maine woman, identified as Marcella Makinen, at an airport. As Poliquin tried to walk away, she recorded the exchange on video which was then shared on Facebook Tuesday by the advocacy group Mainers for Accountable Leadership.

Avery Chisholm / Maine Public

Leaders of Lewiston's immigrant community gathered outside City Hall Sunday morning to ask for peace and to express their condolences to the family of Donald Giusti, the Lewiston man who died after a brawl near Kennedy Park Tuesday night.  They say violence has no place in Lewiston and they condemn it "in the strongest possible terms." 

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

While Shawn Moody has been declared the winner in the Republican primary race for governor, Maine Democrats have not been able to call a winner of Tuesday’s primary. Attorney General Janet Mills is currently leading challenger Adam Cote and, says she's feeling optimistic about her race for the Blaine House.

The dance tunes that were playing in the background of Janet Mills Lewiston campaign headquarters could foreshadow a party in the coming days. Around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, Mills spoke to her supporters.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

One surprise in Tuesday's election that may have gone under the radar is the unofficial victory of Seth Carey in the Republican race for the district attorney nomination in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties. Carey's apparent win is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that his law license is currently suspended.

Peter Monro / Citizens' Climate Lobby

Originally published 6: 30 p.m. June 13, 2018.

This week more than 1,300 citizen volunteers have been in Washington D.C. to lobby for - wait for it - a bipartisan solution to climate change. You heard that right. In the face of political divisiveness and gridlock, volunteers from all 50 states are trying to find common ground on climate change policy. What's even more surprising is they say they're making progress.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Originally published June 5, 2018.

The Portland-based Biodiversity Research Institute is calling the return of an adult, male loon to a chain of ponds in southeastern Massachusetts “a major milestone in loon conservation.”

Rockin' T Equine Sanctuary and Rescue Facebook page

A 19-year-old emu known as “The Bird” who bolted from his animal sanctuary home in Lisbon two days ago is back where he belongs.

Janet Tuttle of the Rockin’ T Equine Sanctuary and Rescue says he was discovered behind her neighbor’s house Friday afternoon, but not before he’d led friends and neighbors on a chase that went back and forth across a river and through the woods.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Bus drivers for RSU 16 School District, arrived at work Wednesday morning only to find their entire fleet of buses inoperable.

The buses had been vandalized overnight, forcing school officials to cancel classes for about 1700 students.

Nick Isgro Facebook Page

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro, under fire for tweeting an insult to a survivor of the Parkland School shooting, says outside special interest groups, spending thousands of dollars and colluding with "political elites and the local press" are the reason he's facing a recall election.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

The effort to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro is moving forward.

Deputy City Clerk Sarah Cross says petition circulators met Wednesday's deadline and gathered enough valid signatures to force a recall election.

"They needed 857 signatures,” she says. “They had a total of 887 certified signatures with a total of 1033 signatures turned in as of yesterday."

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press File

It has been 18 months since former President Barack Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine — but there are still no road signs to direct interested visitors where to go or how to get there.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro made his first public appearance at a city council budget workshop Tuesday night, one day after several residents began a recall effort against him and after he resigned, under pressure, from his position as a vice president at Skowhegan Savings Bank.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage, a former mayor of Waterville, weighed in Tuesday on his behalf.

Isgro has been under fire for a recent tweet mocking Parkland School shooting survivor David Hogg. He also has a history of making anti-immigrant and other inflammatory social media posts.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A petition drive has been launched to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro after calls for his resignation over the past week.