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Shannon Dooling

Morning Edition Field Producer, WBUR

Shannon joined WBUR as a freelance producer at Radio Boston. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts and moved to the other side of the continent, to Vancouver, to earn her master of journalism degree from the University of British Columbia in 2012. She spent some years working in the private nonprofit world before transitioning to journalism. She has worked overseas on health care and education projects in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti. Her public media experience includes work as a freelance reporter, producer and photographer for New Hampshire Public Radio.

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Experiment Aims To Help Plymouth Students Find Passions

August 21, 2014
Plymouth North High School student Ethan Medhog, 17, left, works on his mini-motorcycle project with a classmate during the spring. His project continued through the summer. (Shannon Dooling/WBUR)

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A group of New England schools is looking beyond the classroom for different ways to gauge learning. Plymouth North and South are in that group.

Analysts Say Scott Brown Must Galvanize GOP Base In N.H. Senate Race

August 15, 2014
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks after getting the endorsement from former New Hampshire governors, Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, not seen, in May. (Jim Cole/AP)

STRATHAM, N.H. — A series of uncharacteristic missteps have hampered Brown, causing some to wonder if the Republican U.S. Senate Primary in New Hampshire, now less than a month away, is more competitive than it might appear.

Reeling With A Real Skyline: Fishing On The Charles

August 08, 2014
It was a slow day on the Charles River when we visited urban fisher Greg Miner. All we lured in was a yellow perch, but Miner says the river is home to large and smallmouth bass, calico bass, carp and more. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Greg Miner, who runs a one-boat charter fishing company, says one of the biggest draws for his customers is to “experience the feeling of being surrounded by the city on the level with the water.”

The Student View Of Sexual Assault On Campus

July 11, 2014
From left to right, MIT's Alex Burgess, Harvard's Langston Ward and UMass Amherst's Alex Conrad. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — We speak with three area college students — two females and a male — about the issue.

New Vision Or Just New Style? Boston Catholics Reflect On The Church Under Francis

June 27, 2014
Pope Francis leaves St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 14. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

BOSTON — Some say Pope Francis is offering up a bold new vision for the Catholic Church. Others say he’s offering the same longtime church message, only in a different package.

Search For Daughter’s Liver Donor Thrust Charlie Fiske Into A Lifetime Of Service

June 24, 2014
Charlie Fiske just returned from a stint with the Peace Corps in Malawi. (Courtesy)

BOSTON — As a young father, Charlie Fiske led the search for a liver donor for his infant daughter, back before organ banks existed. His efforts are credited with the creation of the National Organ Transplant Bank.

New Book Traces Boston’s Long Beer History

May 23, 2014
The Suffolk Brewing Co., also known as the Munich Lager Brewery (Boston Public Library via Norman Miller)

BOSTON — Columnist Norman Miller talks libations, beer refrigerators and his latest book.

Author Discusses Kennedy Family’s Tradition Of Sailing The Victura

May 16, 2014
President Kennedy’s sailboat Victura will be on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum from May to October. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — In his new book, James Graham dives into the Kennedy family’s relationship with sailing, and the role this handcrafted sailboat plays in their legacy.

New Doc Follows Barney Frank’s Final Days In Congress

April 24, 2014
Rep. Barney Frank is surrounded by members of the media after announcing he will not seek reelection in 2012. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

BOSTON — Documentary filmmakers Shelia Canavan and Michael Chandler say when they arrived in Washington to begin filming in 2012, they were struck by the demeanor of Rep. Frank, who was then in his final term.

A Year Later, MIT Officer And Cambridge Coach Recall Marathon Tragedy’s Impact On Their City

April 18, 2014
The shooting scene at MIT late Thursday night (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A year ago Friday, the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombing on Boylston Street three days earlier crossed the Charles River into the city of Cambridge.

Turning Left On Boylston: Thousands Return To Boston To Finish What They Started

April 09, 2014
Boston Police stop marathon runners with less than a mile to go, minutes after word of a explosions near the finish line. (Courtesy Kevin Donovan)

BOSTON — Last April, 5,633 runners passed the halfway mark of the 2013 Boston Marathon before being stopped on the course and told their race was over. We speak to four who are coming back to finish what they started.

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