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: You can also follow her on twitter @susansharon1

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More than 60 youth rallied on the steps of the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta Tuesday morning to urge members of the state's Juvenile Justice Task Force to recommend closure of the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, where about 50 kids are currently held.

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Ice harvesting was a thriving industry in 19th century New England. Using large, jagged-toothed saws, workers would cut heavy blocks from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds, pack it in sawdust and sell it around the world. Then came electric refrigeration, and ice-cutting became all but obsolete. But there are still a few places where the tradition is carried on.

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Tribal leaders, lawmakers, religious groups and others are urging passage of nearly two dozen recommended changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act by a state task force.

Corrections officers, their union representatives and prisoner advocates told a legislative committee Monday that a chronic and severe understaffing problem is causing pressure that could boil over in the Maine State Prison. In addition, they say it’s costing the state more than $1.5 million a year in mandatory overtime.

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Mainers told independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine they’re distraught, they’ve lost faith in the checks and balances of government and that they feel hopeless about the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

A national consultant hired by the state's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group to examine Maine's juvenile justice system and incarceration of youth at the Long Creek Correctional Center in South Portland says it would be a mistake to house adults with children in the same facility.

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A Canadian company is asking the state’s Land Use Planning Commission for permission to rezone nearly 200 acres for construction of an underground metallic mineral mine in northern Penobscot County north of Patten.

The director of the Maine Center for Disease Control says his department is preparing to respond to any cases of the coronavirus that has now sickened more than 2,700 people in China, killed more than 80 and spread to a dozen countries.

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The latest report from the Maine Medical Examiner shows drug overdose deaths increased in 2019.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new rules that dramatically scale back protections for wetlands and streams.

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After pushback from Democrats on the proposed rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did an about face Tuesday afternoon. He’s now offering three days, rather than two, for opening arguments from each side, but critics say it will still keep most Americans in the dark about the president’s actions.

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Gov. Janet Mills delivered her first State of the State address Tuesday night, recognizing the sacrifices of first responders, the contributions of immigrants and calling for better opportunities for all Mainers through an expanded workforce.

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Members of the Passamaquoddy tribe say they are grateful to Gov. Janet Mills for her posthumous pardon of former tribal attorney Don Gellers, who was convicted of felony possession of six marijuana cigarettes 50 years ago. 

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A former Maine attorney for the Passamaquoddy tribe — allegedly framed by police and later convicted of felony possession of six marijuana cigarettes more than 50 years ago — has received a posthumous pardon from Gov. Janet Mills.

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And now for a story about three Dots.  Not an ellipsis or a new discovery in the solar system or a location on a map.  No, this is a story about three women named Dorothy, all born in 1919,  who grew up together in the same hometown, celebrated their 100th birthdays this year and who still remain friends.

This interview is part of our series of conversations with Maine centenarians.