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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The University of Maine System Board of Trustees took a historic vote Monday by adopting a policy to divest all direct holdings from coal companies. Unity College in Unity, Maine was the first college in the country to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in 2012. But this marks the first time a public land grant institution or university system has taken a smaller step toward that goal.

Following a student-led campaign, the University of Maine System Board of Trustees unanimously approved a measure Monday to divest all direct holdings from coal companies. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Maine lawmakers are expected to consider this session whether to add three species of bats to the state's Endangered and Threatened Species list. 

Courtesy: University of Maine School of Law

PORTLAND, Maine - A University of Hawaii business law professor has been chosen to lead the University of Maine School of Law.

Danielle Conway is the first African-American to serve as dean of the public law school. She is currently the director of the Hawaii Procurement Institute, an independent think tank devoted to instruction and study of procurement laws.

Conway plans to start her new job in July. She says declining enrollment, student job placement and attracting minorities will be among her top priorities.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Health and environmental groups in Maine are expressing concern about the state's proposed regulation of a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates.

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