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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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.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The state's Government Oversight Committee is being formally asked by Republican, independent and Democratic lawmakers to launch an investigation into whether the LePage administration has "crossed legal or ethical lines" in getting Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves dismissed from his new job.

WASHINGTON - Environmental groups in Maine are expressing disappointment with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with a rule that would limit the release of mercury and other pollutants from power plants.

In a 5-4 ruling the court found that the EPA did not adequately consider the costs to about 600 affected utility companies.

But Taryn Hallweaver of the group Environment Maine says the rule also would have prevented an estimated 11,000 deaths each year from dirty air.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

This story is the fourth installment of Beyond 350: Confronting Climate Change.

PORTLAND, Maine — Birds are, literally, the "canaries in the coal mine" for the whole planet.

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LEWISTON, Maine - All this week, immigrants and refugees around the world have been observing celebrations in honor of World Refugee Day this Saturday. It's a day to honor the courage, struggles and contributions of more than 15 million refugees displaced by war and persecution. Thousands of them have come to Maine to rebuild their lives.