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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PORTLAND, Maine — He's had unexpectedly large turnouts at recent rallies in Michigan and Iowa, and Monday night here was yet another example of how Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is energizing voters.

He was known as the "bee man" and the "buccaneer of buzz." But Burt Shavitz, who died over the weekend in Bangor at the age of 80, is most famous for being the face of Burt's Bees, the natural personal care products line he co-founded with Roxanne Quimby back in the 1980s in the back of a pickup truck in Guilford, Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - One of the most controversial budget cuts proposed by the LePage administration this year would have eliminated MaineCare funding for methadone treatment in federally-regulated clinics. Instead, the state suggested that about 4,000 methadone patients be redirected to office-based treatment with the alternative drug Suboxone.

The idea was widely panned by substance abuse treatment providers, and lawmakers have opted to preserve the status quo - but to also look for ways to improve treatment.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

LEWISTON, Maine - The Lewiston City Council has voted 6 - 1 to continue paying General Assistance to about 200 current asylum seekers who are lawfully present in the city. But Lewiston also followed the Portland City Council's lead and voted to stop providing GA to new asylum seekers who arrive in Maine.

The action comes after a Superior Court judge upheld the LePage administration's decision to end state reimbursement for municipalities that offer aid to certain immigrants. And it continues a struggle that some say can only be resolved at the federal level.

Josh Royte / TNC

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Nature Conservancy in Maine has purchased more than 6,500 acres of diverse forest land, including old growth and sub-Alpine fir forest southwest of Jackman.

The purchase from the Plum Creek Timber Company will allow the Nature Conservancy to expand its existing Leuthold Forest Preserve to more than 16,000 acres.

The property includes remote ponds and nearly 15 miles of streams that provide habitat for Eastern brook trout as well as waterfowl and wading birds.