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.

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

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More than 30 local food activists took their support of Maine farmer Dan Brown from the barnyard to the courtyard this morning. Brown is a Blue Hill farmer who was fined $1,000 by the state for selling raw milk at his farm stand without a license. Blue Hill is one of 11 towns in Maine that have declared independence from state and federal regulations on locally-produced food. And Brown issued a legal challenge of the state's action against him. Today the Maine Supreme Court took up his case.

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The Maine Manufactured Housing Board has revoked the license of a Richmond trailer park owner and ordered him to pay the maximum fine possible for raw sewage and two other violations that resulted in the temporary eviction of his tenants. It's the first time the board has taken such an action. Russ Edwards is now negotiating to sell the beleagured park to a potential buyer. But as Susan Sharon reports, the tenants are still hoping to take it over themselves.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have added the cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde to the state's priority chemical watch list as way to protect children's health. The rule would have required manufacturers to disclose which of their children's products contain formaldehyde, sometimes found in crib sheets, bibs and baby shampoo.  As Susan Sharon reports, health and environmental groups were quick to attack the move as caving to the chemical industry lobby.

This weekend, members of the Maine Greens will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their party, which now includes more than 30,000 members.  It was started by a small group of people who were disenfranchised with the Democratic Party, in part, because of the difficulty they faced trying to get presidential candidate Jesse Jackson on the Maine ballot in 1984. The Greens embraced what were considered fringe values at the time.  And while many of their positions have since gone mainstream, the party is still working to gain broader acceptance.  Susan Sharon has more.

This weekend, members of the Maine Greens will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their party, which now includes more than 30,000 members. It was started by a small group of people who were disenfranchised with the Democratic Party, in part, because of the difficulty they faced trying to get presidential candidate Jesse Jackson on the Maine ballot in 1984. The Greens embraced what were considered fringe values at the time. And while many of their positions have since gone mainstream, the party is still working to gain broader acceptance.

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Residents of a Richmond trailer park were ordered to vacate their homes by 5:00 P.M. today because of a sewage overflow problem that required water to be shut off.  But most of the residents are low income and on disability or public assistance.  Some say they will be forced to sleep in their vehicles.  Others don't know where they'll go.  And as Susan Sharon reports, they blame the park's owner, who says he's been duped by the man he hired to fix the mess.

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A former Passamaquoddy tribal representative to the Maine Legislature and his two sons are among eight people who have been charged with three counts of felony possession of American eels, and conspiracy to commit a crime in the state of New York. Fred Moore of Perry, a vocal critic of the state of Maine's elver management plan, said the other six are members of the Unkechaug Indian Nation on Long Island. And he said were all arrested while trying to carry out the Unkechaug's own conservation plan for eels.

When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.

Court documents in an old tax dispute indicate that the owners of a pipeline that crosses Maine - and could be used to transport tar sands oil - is several years past its retirement date.

The National Wildlife Federation has uncovered court documents from an old tax dispute that it says show yet another reason why any plan by the Exxon-owned Portland Pipe Line Corp. to transport tar sands oil through the pipeline that runs across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont is risky. Jim Murphy is senior counsel for the National Wildlife Federation's northeast regional center.

It's been one of the best kept open secrets in Maine politics for more than 20 years, and now Democratic Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud has confirmed it: "Yes, I am gay but - you know, so what? I am who I am." Michaud says coming out was a personal decision. He thought a lot about it. But he wanted to get it off the table amid what he calls "the whisper campaigns, insinuations and push polls" those opposed to his candidacy have raised in the high-stakes race for governor.

Tar Sands Pipeline

May 30, 2013

  The debate over transporting oil from Canada's tar sands through Maine.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by

Larry Wilson, president of the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line Corp.

and Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Project Director with the Natural Resources Council of Maine

Recent Portland Press Herald Article

Senator Angus King

Mar 28, 2013

  Senator King discussed the latest budget battles in Washington and his legislative priorities.

 Host Susan Sharon was joined by:

Senator Angus King

  Our What Does It Mean series continues with a discussion of what does it mean to be religious? What is the role of religion in modern society and what does faith mean to people with differing beliefs.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by:

Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld, Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

Pamela Shellberg, Assistant Professor in New Testament, Bangor Theological Seminary

Biodiversity in Maine

Sep 20, 2012

  The Executive director of the Biodiversity Research Institute and Jim Fowler - former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, discussed our state's wildlife and how we interact with it.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by:

Dave Evers, Executive Director/Chief Scientist, Biodiversity Research Institute

and Jim Fowler, naturalist and former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

  A discussion of gun ownership, gun laws and the 2nd amendment debate in Maine.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by :

Bill Harwood, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence - board of directors; attorney (partner at Verril Dana)

Jeff Weinstein, President of Maine Gun Owners Association

and Chief Bob Schwartz, Executive Director of Maine Chiefs of Police Association

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