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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One of the things that's surprising about Maine, coming from away, is how different politics are here.

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YARMOUTH, Maine - Yarmouth author Lily King says she was "completely surprised, and thrilled, and extremely honored" by her nomination for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle award.

"Some of my very favorite writers are on that list," she says, "so it's truly thrilling to be a part of it."

Those writers include Chang-rae Lee for "Such a Full Sea," Marlon James for "A Brief History of Seven Killings," Rabih Alameddine for "An Unnecessary Woman," and Marilynne Robinson for "Lila."

AUGUSTA, Maine - In his inaugural address Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage spoke about his plans to continue his focus on reducing domestic violence in Maine. But just how to do that is a complicated question.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - It's estimated that in the U.S., one in seven people is "food insecure" - meaning they sometimes eat less, go hungry or eat less nutritious meals because they can't afford to eat better. Almost a third of those people are children.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Advocates for Maine's poor and homeless say changes to MaineCare are leaving many clients without reliable transportation, and that the results can be catastrophic for some.

Until a few months ago, Maine Care provided clients with regular appointments with unlimited monthly bus passes; but now, the state contracts transportation to several companies statewide, and clients who don't have a regular daily appointment - like methadone treatment - only receive bus passes to medical appointments.

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Maine-based international aid nurse Kaci Hickox says the honor bestowed on her and others by Time Magazine is important because it highlights the hard work still being done by thousands of people in West Africa, and elsewhere, to combat the deadly Ebola virus.

Time has collectively honored all Ebola fighters of 2014 as its "Person of the Year."

Hickox - who volunteered as a nurse in Sierra Leone earlier this year - says that while material and financial help are crucial, none of it would work without human volunteers.

This week's pre-Thanksgiving snowfall isn't just expected to be inconvenient for travelers - it could also be unseasonably heavy. Maine is forecast to get between 3 and 12 inches of snow from tomorrow morning until about 10 Thursday morning, says meteorologist Tom Hawley of the National Weather Service in Gray.

KOSSUTH, Maine - Police say a passer-by helped save a baby girl in the Washington County town of Kossuth when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water, used a knife to cut the straps off the baby's seat and pulled her out. The accident happened on Monday when Stephen McGouldrick lost control of his SUV on an icy road and rolled it down an embankment into 2 1/2 feet of water. Leo Moody, a woodcutter from Kingman, initially didn't come forward and say what he'd done, but he says his family gave him a hard time about it until he did.

Often, Maine’s two U.S. senators, Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King, are on the same side of issues. But on the Keystone Pipeline authorization vote, they are on opposing sides.  Mal Leary joins MPBN's Nora Flaherty to talk about the senators' differing positions.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland-based Council on International Educational Exchange is pledging $20 million to help make study abroad possible and affordable for American students.

CIEE President and CEO Jim Pellow says that study abroad dramatically improves college graduates' chances in the job market, but very few students actually do it.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Museum of Art is now home to a new sculpture - an eight-foot-high number "7", which sits just outside the museum's entrance. The piece, by internationally known pop artist Robert Indiana, is called - appropriately enough - "seven." The sculpture is being officially presented Friday evening during Portland's First Friday art walk.


The candidates for governor have filed their last comprehensive spending reports for this election - and they reveal that spending has already broken the record set four years ago, even with far fewer candidates. Nora Flaherty talks with Mal Leary, who's been in MPBN's State House bureau crunching the numbers.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Election Day is still a week and a half away, but many Mainers have already cast their votes. Absentee balloting has been open since Oct. 5 - earlier for voters living overseas.

Maine's "no excuse" absentee balloting has been in place since 1999. Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says the state's voting policies have a very positive impact on turnout.

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PORTLAND, Maine - After a one-year exile in Lewiston, team officials, Mayor Michael Brennan and various members of the city's business community today formally welcomed the Portland Pirates back to city for this hockey season. At a press conference this morning at Portland City Hall, the team's Chief Operating Officer -- and Pirates Hall-of-Famer -- Brad Church, talked about what the city means to him.

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Courtesy Sumner McKane

A new film that explores the lives of turn-of-the-20th century Mainers through photography airs tonight and Saturday on MPBN Television. In "The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Simpson," filmmaker and musician Sumner McKane tells the story of Isaac Walton Simpson.