WBUR Staff

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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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)

BOSTON — 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

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

One Last Harbor Tour For USS Constitution Before Restoration

October 17, 2014
The U.S.S. Constitution, or "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship that is still afloat, is towed through Boston Harbor past the financial district skyline with its topsails unfurled in August. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

BOSTON — Commander Sean Kearns says the feeling of taking the USS Constitution underway sends “chills” “up and down [his] spine.” He’ll take the warship out for one final sail before she is moved to dry dock to begin renovations scheduled to take up to three years.

Immigrants Detained In New Mexico Seek Asylum And Boston Home

September 29, 2014
Children are seen entering a dormitory in the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children in Artesia, N.M, on Sept. 10. (Juan Carlos Llorca/AP)

BOSTON — As judges in Denver hear a backlog of asylum cases for immigrants being held in New Mexico, Framingham lawyer Kira Gagarin is representing detainees who hope to reunite with family in Boston.

The Parenthood Pay Gap: Why Having Children Costs Women More Than Men

September 11, 2014

BOSTON — A new study finds that women who have children face an average 4 percent pay cut per child, while men often make more money.

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
Former Mass. Senator and current Republican U.S. Senate candidate for N.H., Scott Brown, speaks on the campaign trail in August. (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.”

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.

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