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.


Post traumatic stress disorder
5:08 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Sharing Soldiers' Burdens: Doctor Urges Different Approach to Treating War Trauma

Dr. Edward Tick.
Credit Courtesy Soldier's Heart

AUGUSTA, Maine - Post traumatic stress disorder emerged as a diagnosis back in 1980. With all that's now known about PTSD, and about the difficulties facing veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Edward Tick says there's still a long way to go. Tick is an author, educator and psychotherapist from New York who has been treating veterans for 40 years. He was at the Togus VA Hospital in Augusta today, where he called for a new approach for dealing with PTSD.


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Your Vote 2014
5:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Amid Maine's Contentious 3-Way Governor's Race, a Proposal for a New Voting System

Portland Rep. Diane Russell, center, at a news conference last year on legalization marijuana, flanked by Shenna Bellows, right, and marijuana legalization advocate David Boyer.
Credit File photo / MPBN

With all the hype surrounding Maine's three-way race for governor, and which candidate might serve as a so-called "spoiler," two Maine lawmakers are proposing a citizens' initiative to eliminate the current winner-take-all system in favor of "ranked choice" voting. That's a system where a candidate can only win with more than 50 percent of the vote.


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Your Vote 2014
3:21 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Bear Measure Backers: Documents Reveal Wildlife Department Involved in Opponents' Campaign

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of Question 1 on the November ballot say newly-produced documents they've received in a court order show the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been engaged in a broad, coordinated campaign with the Wildlife Conservation Council, the group opposed to the bear hunting referendum.  

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Your Vote 2014
5:28 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Judge Sides with Opponents of Bear Hunting Referendum in Campaign Dispute

PORTLAND, Maine - A Cumberland County Superior Court judge has declined to issue an injunction against wildlife biologists and other employees of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for their role in the bear hunting referendum on Maine's November ballot. The motion for a temporary restraining order was brought by supporters of Question 1, who say the state employees' use of taxpayer resources opposing limits on the use of bait, hounds and traps goes beyond the scope of their authority.


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Your Vote 2014
5:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments in Maine Bear Hunting Referendum Battle

PORTLAND, Maine - A Cumberland County Superior Court judge is expected to rule early next week on a motion for an injunction brought by the group Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. At issue is the department's role in the campaign against the bear hunting referendum on the November ballot. Attorneys for both supporters and opponents of Question 1 staked out their arguments at a court hearing Friday morning.


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