Susan Sharon

Deputy News Director

Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student. She has also worked at television stations in Montana and Maine.

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A protest in front of the Blaine House
Susan Sharon/MPBN

On this Thanksgiving eve, about a hundred people picketed the front lawn of the Blaine House to protest Governor LePage's opposition to allowing ten thousand Syrian refugees admittance to the United States.

Cameron Bragg of Washburn high school passes the ball

The Maine Principals' Association has awarded MPBN the television broadcast and streaming rights to the boys' and girls' state finals basketball games in February of 2016.

MPBN will broadcast coverage of the ten final games which include AA, A, B, C and D class schools. State cheerleading finals will also be broadcast statewide.

Dick Durost of the Maine Principals' Association says he's pleased to continue the tradition and partnership first established between the MPA and MPBN in 1979.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

Mainers representing several environmental groups are headed to Paris beginning next week for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The goal is to forge a historic international agreement involving nearly 200 countries to reduce global warming pollution and to transition away from fossil fuels to an economy powered by renewable energy.

As part of our ongoing series "Beyond 350: Confronting Climate Change," Susan Sharon reports that several of those making the trip are optimistic that the goal can be achieved.

PORTLAND, Maine — Cheaper Canadian power is a myth. That's the consensus from two former Maine public utilities commissioners who spoke about Maine's energy future at the University of Southern Maine Friday morning.

A new study commissioned by the Massachusetts attorney general finds that power reliability in New England over the next 15 years can be maintained without having to invest in new natural gas pipeline capacity, which is being pushed by Maine Gov. Paul LePage and other New England governors.

The study was performed by Analysis Group Inc. with input from utilities, the natural gas industry, clean energy and consumer groups.