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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MILLINOCKET, Maine - An attorney for record-setting hiker Scott Jurek who completed the Appalachian Trail in just 46 days, says his client will contest three summonses issued by Baxter State Park.

Jurek was cited for "littering, hiking with a group larger than 12 people and consuming alcohol" after his celebration atop Mt. Katahdin on July 12. Park officials say he violated park rules.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Like so many states, Maine is in the grip of an opiate epidemic that shows no signs of slowing down. While other states have expanded drug treatment as part of the response, Maine has not.

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The parents of a young woman who died after being shot in a home invasion in Portland five years ago are taking their crusade to address gun violence to the ballot box in Maine.

BREWER, Maine - The man in charge of national drug control policy, Michael Botticelli, will join Sen. Angus King in Maine on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion about ways the federal government can help confront the state's opioid epidemic.

The discussion, at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in Brewer, will include prevention and treatment experts, people in recovery, families dealing with addiction, health care providers and law enforcement.

King says he wants the conversation with Botticelli to highlight suggestions that both Maine and Washington can use.

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JAY, Maine - The Verso Corporation announced Thursday that it plans to make major reductions in its coated paper and pulp production by shutting down two machines at its Androscoggin mill in Jay and eliminating 300 jobs. The company also announced that it is indefinitely idling its mill in Wickliffe, Kentucky.

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