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New Mainers: The Contributions of Immigrants in Maine

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New Mainers include people and families from a multitude of different countries. We discuss their experiences and challenges upon coming here, what resources are available to them, and how they contribute to the state's economy and cultural diversity.


Reza Jalali, executive director, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center

Julia Trujillo Luengo, office of economic opportunity director, housing and economic development department director, City of Portland

Claude Rwaganje, executive director, ProsperityME: The Center for Financial Education

Jorge A. Acero, director, Labor, Outreach and Education, State Monitor Advocate, Maine Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Standards

Claire Sadar, program manager, Historic New England; about the upcoming program “The Somali Experience in Maine”


Cindy’s first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo—where she walked past the cheetahs on the way to work each morning—to a food trends magazine.
Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.