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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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State Department Official Explains Aspects Of Refugee Resettlement Process

November 25, 2015

Simon Henshaw, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for the State Department’s population, refugees and migration bureau, says “we have the tightest system” for refugee resettlement acceptance into the U.S.

How One Mass. Refugee Resettlement Agency’s Work Has Changed After Paris Attacks

November 25, 2015
In Worcester, Ascentria Care Alliance offers new arrivals to the state guidance on how to navigate resources around their new home. The agency's workers are now also educating others about the process of refugee resettlement in the wake of the Paris attacks. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Ascentria Care Alliance in Worcester — one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the state — has taken on the new role of educating communities about the vetting process for refugees, an official said.

Troy Brown On His Patriots Career, Tom Brady And The Current Team’s Chances To Win Out

November 23, 2015
Troy Brown, a three-time Super Bowl champion, has a book out called "Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

In a new book, the three-time Super Bowl champion reflects on life, football and his 15 seasons with New England.

Boston Nonprofit Sees Legal Services As Key To Curbing Veteran Homelessness

November 11, 2015
Eve Elliott, a staff attorney at Veterans Legal Services, talks with a veteran about his case. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The only organization of its kind in the state, Veterans Legal Services helps low-income and homeless veterans access benefits and navigate civil court proceedings.

How One Mass. Program Helps Refugees Get A New Start In The U.S.

November 05, 2015
In Worcester, Ascentria Care Alliance offers a sort of one-stop shop for new arrivals. Here, instructor Teresa Sebastian shows clients when the next WRTA bus will arrive using a smartphone app. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Some are refugees from war, others are fleeing persecution. They’re all starting over. In Worcester, Ascentria Care Alliance offers a sort of one-stop shop for new arrivals.

‘There’s No Going Back’: One Syrian Family’s Journey To A New Home In Mass.

November 04, 2015
A year ago, Zenab Al-Nassar, left, and her husband, Zid, who are Syrian, were resettled as refugees in western Massachusetts. They're seen here with a daughter, Tuka, in their home in Westfield. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Of the 12 million Syrians displaced by civil war since 2011, the Al-Nassar family is among the fewer than 100 Syrian refugees who’ve been resettled in Massachusetts.

Mass. Gaming Chair Weighs In On Daily Fantasy Sports, Recent Casino Developments

October 23, 2015
Massachusetts Gambling Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby listens to testimony during a gambling commission meeting a in July. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Stephen Crosby says the question Massachusetts lawmakers must answer is not whether daily fantasy sports websites are legal, but whether we want them to be legal.

As BRA Seeks To Extend Urban Renewal Powers, Exhibit Looks At Controversial Past

October 15, 2015
Boston's West End in 1959, after it was razed. A new exhibit looks at the history and future of urban renewal. (Photo by Laurence Lowry, courtesy of the West End Museum)

In the 1950s and ’60s, 41 acres of Boston’s West End were infamously razed in the name of urban renewal.

New MFA Director Wants Visitors To ‘See Themselves’

September 23, 2015
Matthew Teitelbaum, the new MFA director, stands in one of the museum's main hallways. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

“I want people to really treasure this place,” new MFA director Matthew Teitelbaum told WBUR.

With Super-Imposed Lyrics And Portraits, A New Pop-Up Exhibit Depicts Bob Dylan

September 17, 2015
Artist Lesley Schiff stands with one of her pieces that will be on display in the exhibit. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

“LIT: A Portrait of Bob Dylan By Lesley Schiff” is a multimedia interpretation of Bob Dylan’s extensive archive, premiering Sept. 18 as a pop-up museum exhibit in the new Van Ness building in the Fenway.

With Griddle-Made English Muffins, Medford Bakery’s Sales Sizzle

September 09, 2015
Stone & Skillet's Joe Howland takes hot English muffins off the griddle to cool. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“We started this out of my apartment,” Stone & Skillet co-founder Kyle Meekins says. Now the business is making about 30,000 English muffins a week.

Amid Opioid Crisis, It’s Busy Work For Boston’s Needle Collection Team

August 26, 2015
A used needle is disposed of by John Canty, of the Mobile Sharps Collection Team, the city’s needle gathering unit, in Clifford Park in Roxbury. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The state’s opioid crisis is visible in many public places, where syringes litter the ground. We tagged along for a sweep of a Boston park.

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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