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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.

Recent stories

The Fight To Get The Vietnam War’s 1st Casualty — A Mass. Vet — On The Memorial

April 24, 2015
The grave of Air Force TSgt. Richard Fitzgibbon Jr., who was killed in Vietnam on June 8, 1956 -- the war's first fatality. His name was finally added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1999. (Courtesy of Sen. Ed Markey)

The first person killed in the war was Air Force TSgt. Richard Fitzgibbon Jr., of Stoneham, who died in 1956. In order to get his name on the wall, the Pentagon had to amend the official start date of the war.

19 Degrees: For Some, A Perfect Day For Surfing

March 05, 2015
Tony Sanchez and Pat Falco heading out to surf on King’s Beach in Lynn on Nahant Bay. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Powerful winter storms can bring big waves — and those bring out the surfers.

No ‘Imitation': Natick Museum Holds Collection Of WWII Enigma Machines

February 20, 2015
Museum of World War II founder Kenneth Rendell demonstrates how to encode a message using an Enigma machine. Here, as he presses on the “T” on the keyboard, the “X” lights up in the panel above. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

They were a focus of the Oscar-nominated film “The Imitation Game.” And one of the largest collections of German Enigma machines is on display in Natick.

Report: To Reduce Mass. Family Homelessness, Focus Less On Shelters

February 11, 2015

A report argues family homelessness in Massachusetts is beyond crisis levels and it’s time to shift our approach.

Boston’s Biggest Snow Pile Sits On A Vacant Lot In The Seaport District

February 05, 2015
Plows move mountains of snow at Boston's biggest snow pile. (Rebecca Sananes for WBUR)

Fifteen- to 20-foot-high piles, almost as far as the eye can see, have been moved onto this lot.

Documentary Series Looks At Sex Trafficking In Boston

January 30, 2015
Savannah, with her mother, Sara, at their home outside of Boston. (Courtesy Audrey Hall)

Domestic sex trafficking in Boston and some other U.S. cities is the focus of the first episode of a new PBS documentary series “A Path Appears.”

Mass. Sec. Of Veterans’ Services Talks Challenges For Veterans Navigating Benefits System

January 15, 2015
Coleman Nee, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Outgoing Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee speaks on the difficulties facing veterans in certain areas of the state and what role his department will have in addressing these issues.

One Small Community To Another: Salvadorans Find Safety On Nantucket

December 19, 2014
Along with many others from Aqua Caliente, El Salvador, Quenia, left, Salvador and their 6-year-old daughter are now living on Nantucket. (Shannon Dooling/WBUR)

A strong lifeline between a rural farming community in El Salvador and the island has led many immigrants to the vacation mecca in search of work and a safe place to call home.

Fleeing Salvadoran Gangs, A Months-Long Journey To Boston

December 18, 2014
Lisette, left, is seeking asylum in the U.S. She fled El Salvador, with a daughter, on July 12, and arrived at Boston's South Station, where she was embraced by her aunt, on Oct. 7. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Facing gang threats, Lisette and her daughter left El Salvador in June, hoping for asylum in America. In early October, they made it to Boston. We trace their long journey.

Roxbury Reflects On Menino’s Aim To Revitalize Dudley Square

October 31, 2014

There’s perhaps no other neighborhood that best represents Mayor Thomas Menino’s vision as the “Urban Mechanic” than Roxbury’s Dudley Square.

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)

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.

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