Susan Sharon

Deputy News Director

Deputy News Director Susan Sharon is an experienced newsroom leader and reporter who has worked in both radio and television.  She's covered a wide range of subjects including politics, environmental policy, the opioid crisis and criminal justice as well as human interest stories.  Her work has been nationally recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Society of Environmental Journalists for breaking news, enterprise and beat reporting.

Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism. She's received additional training in management, newsroom leadership and editing from Central Maine Community College, Poynter and NPR..

Got a story idea? E-mail Susan: ssharon@mainepublic.org. You can also follow her on twitter @susansharon1

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On the same day that President Donald Trump announced that the United States will officially withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, designed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, scientists, government officials and policymakers began meeting in Portland to prepare for climate change.

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At the age of 92, Jacqueline Moore of Portland has published a book of poetry called “Chasing the Grass.” In it, she explores themes about the natural world’s beauty and vulnerability, especially against the backdrop of human disruption.

Overall crime in Maine isn't the only thing that's going down: so is the number of prisoners in the state. Maine's prison population is down from a high of nearly 2,500 prisoners just over one year ago to about 2,240 this month, the lowest it's been in about seven years.

The deputy commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections says he’s confident that what happened to Maine State Prison inmate Douglas Burr won’t and can’t happen again.

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A Maine State Prison inmate whose due process rights were violated when he spent 22 months in solitary confinement is not entitled to injunctive relief or damages, a Superior Court judge has ruled. Douglas Burr had hoped for a decision that would have limited the number of days prisoners could be held in segregation and the reasons for placing them there. 

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Maine Congressman Jared Golden is calling for public input and for greater transparency as the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers considers permits for Central Maine Power Company's (CMP) controversial transmission line through western Maine. Golden has written a strongly worded letter to the Corps asking for at least one public hearing and for past communications with federal environmental regulators about the project.

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Following research released last month that showed nearly 3 billion birds have been lost in the last 50 years, there’s more dire news out Thursday for North American birds.

Maine game wardens are investigating a fatal hunting accident on a remote logging road in Franklin County Tuesday night.

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A timber company wants to pull the plug on a massive development plan for Moosehead Lake that was years in the making and approved a decade ago, but that never got off the ground.

Hilton Hafford

Around the country, concerns are being raised in television ads about the use of one of the most widely-used herbicides: "If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup or a glyphosate herbicide, call now."

Courtesy Troy Jackson

More than 40 residents of Aroostook County turned out for a legislative forum Tuesday night in Fort Kent to weigh in on the use of aerial herbicides by the forest products industry.

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In case you haven't noticed, heavy downpours are increasing in the northeast. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, they've increased by 70 percent since 1958. A heavy downpour is defined as a storm that produces two or more inches of water in 24 hours. And as temperatures warm, scientists are predicting that they'll become more frequent and intense.

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Officials from the state fire marshal’s office say it may be the end of the week before they know exactly what caused a propane explosion that leveled a building in Farmington Tuesday, killing fire Capt. Michael Bell and critically injuring several others.

A nearby mobile home park was also severely damaged, leaving 30 people homeless.

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With little discussion and no debate, the Land Use Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Canada-based J.D. Irving's plan to rezone 51,000 acres in northern Aroostook County for commercial and residential development as well as conservation.

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Maine's largest landowner, Canada-based JD Irving, is hoping to get the green light this week to rezone 51,000 acres around four scenic Aroostook County lakes for residential and commercial development.

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