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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Members of Maine's congressional delegation and environmental and outdoor groups are praising Senate passage this week of a historic public lands package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The legislation is expected to win strong support in the House, and it comes after President Trump has pushed to scale back protections for public lands.

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Maine lawmakers are being asked to consider what seven states and more than 130 other cities and towns have done across the country: replace the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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This week, Maine lawmakers will consider the nomination of Jerry Reid to lead the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

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This past Tuesday, more than 20 volunteer pilots around the country took to the skies to record the effects of a natural phenomenon that happens twice a year: a King Tide.

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Gov. Janet Mills has appointed a former Penobscot Nation police chief and representative to the Maine Legislature as her senior adviser on tribal affairs. Donna Loring most recently served as a member of the Penobscot Nation's tribal council. Loring says she considers her new job a historic opportunity for the tribes and the state to improve relations.

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Nearly 700 people turned out Monday night for the 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration sponsored by the Portland chapter of the NAACP.  The sold-out dinner at the Holiday Inn By the Bay featured music, film clips of Dr. King and speeches, including one from Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

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Among the nearly 700 people attending the 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Portland Monday night were supporters of the Maine chapter of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King 50 years after he called for a "non-violent army of the poor" to demand economic and racial justice, activists across the country are following in King's footsteps. 

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Maine U.S. House Rep. Chellie Pingree says she find's the president's use of federal workers as a bargaining chip during border wall and budget negotiations "unthinkable."

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Independent U.S. Senator Angus King has begun follow-up treatments for residual prostate cancer.

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Nearly 200 inmates in the Maine State Prison system will soon have access to secure, digital tablet technology and limited texting. It's part of a new initiative at the Department of Corrections to enhance educational programming and prepare prisoners to reenter society.

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A few years ago the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals in Windham was struggling financially.

A Gardiner woman is among hundreds of volunteers headed to the U.S.-Mexico border near Tijuana as part of the faith-led, New York City-based Sanctuary Coalition’s effort to assist immigrants fleeing violence in Central America.

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History was made Wednesday night when Democrat Janet Mills was officially sworn into office as Maine’s 75th governor, the first woman to ever hold the office and the first person from Franklin County.

Gov.-elect Janet Mills kicked off the new year by announcing that Jerry Reid, the natural resources division chief at the Maine attorney general's office, is her choice to serve as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.

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Governor-elect Janet Mills has chosen a former Portland Police chief to head the Maine Department of Public Safety.

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