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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Lost Valley Reopens
3:55 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Auburn Community Ski Area to Reopen

Chair lifts at the Lost Valley ski area in Auburn.
Credit Susan Sharon / MPBN

AUBURN, Maine - Going on what they say is a "leap of faith," the owners of Lost Valley in Auburn held a news conference today to announce a turn of events at the financially troubled ski area.

"We're going to open!  Yay!  We're excited, yes.  We pulled it off," said Connie King, one of the owners of the facility, where legions of school children have learned how to ski since 1961.  

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Your Vote 2014
1:55 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Group Sues over Maine Wildlife Department's Role in Bear Hunting Campaign

An image from an ad opposing ballot Question 1 that includes Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife personnel.

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Your Vote 2014
3:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

LePage Says He'll Attend Debates - 'In the Audience'

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - The ongoing saga over who will debate whom in the three-way race for governor continues. At a Friday morning news conference, Republican Gov. Paul LePage was once again asked to clarify his position about appearing on stage with Democratic opponent Mike Michaud. This time the governor said he will be at the debates but not on the stage.

"Oh, I'll be in the audience," he said. "I fully intend to be at every debate. But I'm telling you that I will not step on the stage with a liar."

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Student debt
5:53 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Report: Student Debt Weighing Down Maine's Economy

PORTLAND, Maine - A new report from a coalition of grass roots community organizations finds that rapidly-rising student debt is taking a toll on students and their families, and creating long-term economic problems. The report also finds that Maine students face a bigger challenge than others in paying back their debts.  

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Your Vote 2014
4:44 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

New Jersey Fatal Bear Attack Shines Spotlight on Maine Referendum

The fatal bear attack of a hiker in New Jersey this week is highlighting that state's bear management policies - and drawing comparisons with Maine's. This fall, voters here are being asked in a statewide referendum to end the use of bait, hounds and traps in Maine's annual bear hunt.

 

It happened on a preserve about 50 miles from New York City. Darsh Patel, a 22-year-old senior at Rutgers University, was hiking with a group of friends when they encountered a 300-pound black bear. The bear chased them and killed Patel after he became separated from the group.

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Climate change
6:06 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Hundreds of Mainers Head to NYC for 'People's Climate March'

Climate change activist Bob Kotz addresses supporters.
Susan Sharon MPBN

What's being billed as the biggest climate change march is taking place this Sunday in New York City, and more than 600 Mainers have already signed up to go on 11 sold-out charter buses.  Marchers are demanding that political leaders take action to replace fossil fuels with 100 percent clean, renewable power, like solar and wind, as quickly as possible.  And some activists are literally pedaling that message all the way to the Big Apple.

 

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Courts and Crime
7:14 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Mistrial Declared for Woman While 2nd Person Convicted in Oil Protests

AUBURN, Maine — Two Androscoggin County Superior Court juries have reached two different verdicts against a pair of defendants who sat on train tracks in 2013 to protest the transportation of Bakken crude oil into Maine.

Dougles Bowen Jr. of Porter was found guilty of trespassing last August by his jury. A mistrial was declared against a separate defendant, Jesse Dowling of Unity, after her jury could not reach a verdict.

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Police recording arrest
5:53 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Maine Couple Sues Portland Police after Arrest for Cell Phone Recording

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple arrested in Portland last May after using a cell phone to record a police stop involving several officers. In their lawsuit against Sgt. Benjamin Noyes, Jr., the couple allege that the arrest violated their right to free speech, which includes the right to observe, photograph and record the police performing their work in public.  

 

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Maine
7:47 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Portland City Council Debating General Assistance Options

PORTLAND, Maine — City councilors here are wrestling with their options now that the LePage administration has said it will deny state reimbursement to cities and towns that provide general assistance to some undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers.

The city has filed suit over the policy on the grounds that it was improperly adopted without legislative approval. But while that lawsuit and a counter suit from the state work their way through the courts, the city must figure out how to budget for the possible fallout of the case.

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Maine
6:41 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Bishop Deeley, Public Safety Officials Celebrate Blue Mass in Lewiston

The color guard at Blue Mass in Lewiston Sunday.
Susan Sharon MPBN

LEWISTON, Maine — More than 200 people, including dozens of police, firefighters, game wardens and public safety personnel, attended the annual Blue Mass offered by the Catholic diocese at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston Sunday morning.

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