Susan Sharon

Deputy News Director

Deputy News Director Susan Sharon is a reporter and editor whose on-air career in public radio began as a student at the University of Montana. Early on, she also worked in commercial television doing a variety of jobs. Susan first came to Maine Public Radio as a State House reporter whose reporting focused on politics, labor and the environment. More recently she's been covering corrections, social justice and human interest stories. Her work, which has been recognized by SPJ, SEJ, PRNDI and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, has taken her all around the state — deep into the woods, to remote lakes and ponds, to farms and factories and to the Maine State Prison. Over the past two decades, she's contributed more than 100 stories to NPR.

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Elise Amendola / Associated Press file

A federal class action lawsuit filed against the state of Maine alleging that hundreds of children in foster care are being given potentially harmful psychotropic drugs without adequate safeguards. The suit is asking the state to take several immediate steps to protect kids’ constitutional rights.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

After 40 years in practice, one of Maine’s best-known addiction treatment specialists is retiring.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press file

Around the country, native people, including leaders of the Penobscot Nation in Maine, are rejoicing at the nomination of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to lead the Department of Interior.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine CDC is reporting 551 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Evan Agostini / Invision/AP

Three Maine nonprofits are among a group of 384 around that country that have been selected to share more than $4 billion worth of charitable investments.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Vaccine preparations are underway at long-term care facilities across the country, where workers and the most at-risk residents are supposed to be the first to get the shots as early as next week.

The Lewiston Police Department has confirmed that 11 employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The state Supreme Court has sided with a Maine State Prison inmate who says his constitutional due process rights were violated when he spent nearly two years in solitary confinement on a baseless charge.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden once again has been elected to represent Maine’s 2nd District, which is mostly rural and has been fickle when it comes to party favorites.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

In the race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, Democrat incumbent Jared Golden is leading Republican challenger Dale Crafts by a solid 6 percent margin. But Golden was reluctant to declare victory before all of the votes were counted.

The Maine Department of Corrections announced on Tuesday that 72 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

The Penobscot Nation is celebrating the historic return of 735 acres by the Elliotsville Foundation.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden and his Republican challenger Dale Crafts agreed on some broad themes during an hourlong 2nd District debate on Maine Public Thursday night.

The Maine Department of Corrections says another employee has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Maine State Prison in Warren. This follows a positive case of an employee that was confirmed on Monday. Since then, more than 1,000 people associated with the prison have been tested and further results are pending.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

With less than a month until the election, the four candidates in the race for Maine’s U.S. Senate seat sharply diverged on health care, economic assistance during the pandemic, the Supreme Court confirmation process and other topics during a live debate aired on Maine Public Thursday night from the Augusta Civic Center.