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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MONHEGAN, Maine — Living on an island can be isolating, especially after the tourists leave for the season and winter moves in.

OLD TOWN, Maine — A day after Lincoln Paper and Tissue filed for bankruptcy and announced the sale of its mill, another blow Tuesday for Penobscot County. Expera Specialty Solutions announced it would close its Old Town pulp mill by the end of the year.

LINCOLN, Maine — Lincoln Paper and Tissue announced Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

FARMINGTON, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage used his first town hall meeting since the end of the legislative session to attack the majority of lawmakers as either power hungry or lazy and the media as liars.

"You want to read the daily newspapers in the state of Maine? You get what you get," he says. "They're so bad that I don't even trust the obituaries."

He also outlined four familiar priorities for the next three years: tax and welfare reform, lower energy costs and lower interest rates for student loans.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine — This week ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, whose boisterous, record-breaking completion of the Appalachian Trail put a spotlight on bad behavior inside Baxter State Park, agreed to pay a $500 fine for celebrating with champagne atop Mt. Katahdin.