Cindy Han

Maine Calling Producer

Cindy’s first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo—where she walked past the cheetahs on the way to work each morning—to a food trends magazine. 


Her broadcast work has included doing radio news in college and in Taiwan, as well as reporting for a TV public affairs program at WQED in Pittsburgh. Cindy began working as a volunteer with Maine Public Radio’s call-in show Maine Calling when it first went on the air and stuck around until she came on board as a full-time producer in 2018. She sometimes fills in to host the show. She is thrilled to be a part of a program that helps inform, engage and connect people across Maine—and beyond.


Before moving to Maine with her husband and three kids, Cindy lived in many different places, growing up in Ohio and Maryland, and later living in New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Maryland again. She can’t neglect to mention her family’s dog, Otto, who is shaggy and funny.

Ways to Connect

This is an extended two-hour Maine Calling show, as we continue to cover the ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the people of Maine.

All over Maine, people are in need of help — and, at the same time, people are finding ways to help. Today we explore the many creative and generous examples of support and aid that individuals and businesses are offering in this difficult time. We also learn how to best volunteer your services — and how to do so safely.

This is the second segment of Thursday's 2-hour Maine Calling extended show. For the first segment, click here.

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are exacerbated for people who are older, many of whom have added health problems and are more vulnerable to anxiety, isolation, inability to communicate and more. We will talk about what aid and support is available for these older Mainers, and how others can help them.

  This program has been edited for rebroadcast.

This show will air from 1-3 pm as part of Maine Calling's special coverage of the impacts of COVID-19 on the people of Maine.

With businesses suffering or closing, and people losing their sources of income and livelihoods, what can be done? We speak with Maine's labor and economic leaders to learn how the state is trying to face the challenges of helping to keep workers and businesses afloat amidst the coronavirus emergency.

This is the second segment of a special two-hour show, airing from 3-4 p.m. (due to a 2 pm live broadcast of a briefing with Maine CDC and Gov. Mills). For the first segment, click here.

With so many unanswerable questions about COVID-19, we are all living in a time of uncertainty, combined with worry over the disease itself, drastic changes in our lifestyles and livelihoods, and a worldwide economic downturn. How do we cope with the anxiety and stress during these difficult times?

  This segment has been edited for rebroadcast.

This is the first segment of a special two-hour Maine Calling, airing live from 1-2 pm. For the second segment, click here.

With medical attention focused on the coronavirus, and concerns about spread of the disease curtailing interactions between patients and health care providers, we discuss how non-coronavirus health care is being affected. How are mental health treatment, dental care, and other medical issues being addressed?

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This is a special two-hour Maine Calling program in response to the pressing issues facing Maine during the coronavirus crisis. For the first hour, click here.

As Maine feels the life-altering effects of the coronavirus crisis, most workplaces, businesses and schools are shutting down. But this raises a new set of challenges.

This is a special two-hour Maine Calling program in response to the pressing issues facing Maine during the coronavirus crisis. For the second hour, click here.

As Maine feels the life-altering effects of the coronavirus crisis, most workplaces, businesses and schools are shutting down. But this raises a new set of challenges.

In the first hour of Monday's show, we address the child care dilemma that is facing Maine during this difficult time. Many who must continue to work — from those in the service industry and emergency workers to health care providers — still need care for their young children. Child care centers are finding themselves taking on more children, even as schools are mostly closed at this point. We'll learn how the state and the individual child care centers are addressing the pressing child care issues facing Maine.

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This is a special two-hour Maine Calling program as part of our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus crisis in Maine.

Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of Maine's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, announces the latest status of COVID-19 cases in Maine as well as new developments in testing and treatment for the virus.

Among the many drastic measures Maine has taken in the last week in the effort to contain the spread of coronavirus is the closing of K-12 schools. Top Maine educators discuss the challenges ahead with adjusting to online learning and addressing the needs of Maine children — including providing school meals.

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase in Maine, we talk with medical professionals about the spread of the virus here, as well as what some Maine hospitals are doing to prepare for cases. Our panelists will answer your questions about how to deal with the spread of the coronavirus, how testing works, who is at risk and more.

With new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine, and Governor Mills declaring civil emergency, the restrictions and concerns are rapidly dominating daily life here. We talk with Department of Health & Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew about how the state is addressing issues ranging from insurance to older people in long-term care facilities to what's happening with populations such as those with mental health challenges and those who are homeless.

Guest: Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner of Maine's Department of Health & Human Services

The coronavirus crisis has now been designated a pandemic by the World Health Organization. How is Maine responding to COVID-19, especially now that there is someone who has tested positive in Maine? Our panel of experts shares the latest news on the disease and what steps the state is taking to address this public health crisis—including state testing for the virus and a newly formed state task force. 


Journalist and author Mark Kurlansky’s latest book explores the significance of salmon as a species worldwide, and as an indicator of the health of our planet. Kurlansky traveled to multiple countries to study the history of man’s relationship with salmon, and how human interference has threatened this species to the point that it is almost beyond saving. We will learn why salmon’s future survival is so closely linked to the health of the global environment in the face of climate change—and how this fish’s story has played out in Maine.