Barbara Cariddi

Digital News Content Producer

Barbara grew up in Biddeford, Maine. She earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Southern Maine.

After stints as a lobsterwoman, woodworker and newspaper editor, Barbara joined Maine Public in 1989. She left in 1994 to explore television, specifically at WCSH6-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland. In 1999, Barbara began producing, reporting and anchoring Maine Public Television’s public affairs program Maine Watch. She returned to Maine Public Radio in 2003, and now helps oversee digital news content for Maine Public’s website. She also produces and hosts the daily news podcast “This Day in Maine.”

Barbara’s interests include music, theater, literature and the arts in general. For several years, she sang in a local jazz group called !zing. Barbara’s daughter Vanessa is an opera singer.

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Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Maine lawmakers have voted to extend the legislative session for five more days to give themselves more time to hash out a budget deal, as Gov. LePage threatens a shutdown over any new taxes.

Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent, says he had a "productive" meeting this morning with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.  

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Maine's two U.S. senators were united today in opposing the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for secretary of education.

The billionaire charter school advocate barely squeaked through the U.S. Senate, winning confirmation only after Vice President Mike Pence cast an historic vote to break a 50-50 tie. 

As expected, Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins voted against confirming DeVos, one of only two Republican senators to break with the party. (Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, was the other one.)

Mal Leary / Maine Public/file

Maine’s two U.S. senators say they'll wait and see what the hearing process reveals before making a decision on President Trump’s nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

SANFORD,  Maine - Police in the southern Maine town of Sanford say a school bus driver was injured and three students and an adult monitor on board taken to the hospital after the bus struck a tree on Main Street.

Officials say the accident occurred at about 7:51 a.m. Monday when the bus, traveling north on Main Street, left the roadway and hit the tree head on. No other vehicles were involved.

The bus driver, identified as Carole Dearborn, 69, of Sanford, suffered "incapacitating" head and neck injuries, and was taken to Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford.