Nora Flaherty

All Things Considered producer/host

Nora is originally from the Boston area but has lived in Chicago, Michigan, New York City and at the northern tip of New York state. Nora began working in public radio at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and has been an on-air host, a reporter, a digital editor, a producer, and, when they let her, played records.

She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She’s received Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors, Inc., Association of Women in Radio and Television, and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her work.

Nora lives in Portland with her husband, their daughter and their two dogs.

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Parks and beaches throughout the state have become even more popular than usual for people looking to get out of the house and combat the isolation of social distancing.

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Gov. Janet Mills Mills has signed an executive order that adds new restrictions on non-essential businesses. Her order closes public-facing locations and businesses that cannot offer employees enough space to work safely with one another. The new steps come as Maine's total number of cases reached 118. Maine Public's Chief Political Correspondent Steve Mistler broke down the specifics with our All Things Considered host Nora Flaherty.

Individuals who are losing income because of the coronavirus will now have the option of borrowing up to $5,000 per month for up to three months, using an emergency consumer lending program that state legislators approved earlier this week.

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Gov. Janet Mills' declaration of a "civil emergency" Sunday opened up one option for some Mainers who are being financially hurt by the Covid-19 outbreak. They can now apply for low-interest loans from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA).

Low interest loans through the Small Business Administration are available to small companies and not-for-profits, including areas like agriculture and aquaculture. The SBA is urging people to apply now for the loans of up to $2 million.

Courtesy Emera Maine

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved the sale of the power company Emera Maine to Canada-based Enmax Corp. for $1.3 billion.

The executive director of the Maine Council on Aging is urging legislators to move more resources into direct services for seniors, people who are sick, and the homebound as part of preparations for COVID-19.

Matt York / AP File

As some buildings are closing, sports events are being canceled, and colleges and universities around the state are closing their campuses in favor of online learning people are being encouraged to practice 'social distancing.' To find out exactly what that means, Maine Public’s Nora Flaherty spoke Friday, by phone, with MaineHealth Chief Improvement Officer Dr. Dora Anne Mills.

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Maine's 1st District U.S. House Rep. Chellie Pingree and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah spoke directly to Mainers Thursday night in a tele-town hall on the new coronavirus.

The University of Maine System is encouraging students to stay on its campuses over spring break next week in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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Maine's first sober-living house where women can live with their children is scheduled to open this summer in Machias.

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Maine's first presidential primary election in two decades is in the books, and while the final vote tally isn't done, there is a lot to digest from the results that we do have.


A bill scheduled for a public hearing Thursday would establish a council to figure out how Maine can build a complex that will include a launch site — to space.

The Maine Human Rights Commission found Monday that there are reasonable grounds to find that two individuals have been discriminated against because of disabilities — one by a national employer and other by a community college.

Mushers began crossing the finish line Monday morning in the 2020 Can-Am Crown race. The winner of the race, technically called the Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown 250, was Denis Tremblay, a longtime musher from Quebec.

After Concord Coach Line's national competitor Greyhound stopped allowing random immigration checks on its buses, and after pressure from civil rights groups, the New Hampshire-based company says it will no longer consent to such checks on its buses.