Keith Shortall

Director, News & Public Affairs

Keith Shortall is MPBN's News and Public Affairs Director. He grew up in Thomaston, Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1982, majoring in philosophy. He began his career in commercial broadcasting in Portland, before moving to MPBN in 1989. Keith's interests include music (if you consider drummers to be musicians), and theater.

Ways To Connect

It's Thursday, time once again for Across the Aisle, our weekly foray into Maine politics. Our analysts this week include Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic state senator, and Meredith Strang Burgess, of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican lawmaker. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.

Maine's Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the need for more foster families in our state.  We'll learn why there's an increased need and what steps to take if you want to become a foster parent.

Guests:  Jim Hatch, Research & Program Specialist with Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. and the Kinship Program
  Sharon Dadmun, Treatment Foster Care Supervisor at SMART Child and Family Services.  Chairperson of the Maine chapter of FTTA (Foster Family-based Treatment Association).

Answers to your questions about Common Core.

Guests:  Tom Keller with the Maine Math & Science Alliance
Amy Johnson, Assistant Director - Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation at the University of Southern Maine.
Sally Laughlin, curriculum director for Cumberland/N.Yarmouth schools.

Legislative Update

Apr 21, 2015

What's happening - and not happening - so far this legislative session?

Guests:  Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden representing the GOP.
Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick if the House is not in session. If the House is in session, either Rep Jeff McCabe or Rep.Sarah Gideon represent the Democrats.

What have we learned about America's recent wars abroad?