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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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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.

Accuser Testifies In Rape Trial Of 19-Year-Old N.H. Prep School Student

August 20, 2015
Owen Labrie looks around the courtroom during his trial, in Merrimack County Superior Court on Tuesday in Concord, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

In an emotional testimony Wednesday, the 16-year-old girl named Owen Labrie as her assailant through tears. She is expected to take the stand again Thursday for cross examination.

Both Sides Of Boston’s Sex Trade Offer A Glimpse Of ‘The Life’

August 14, 2015
Audrey Morrissey is the associate director at My Life My Choice. She spent 13 years in the sex trade before becoming a mentor to at-risk girls in Greater Boston. (Courtesy of My Life My Choice)

Buying sex can offer a certain sense of anonymity. But there are people on both ends of the transaction, and they each have a story.

‘People Don't Want To Believe It's Happening Here': How Boston Is Targeting Sex Buyers

August 13, 2015
In a single hour on a recent Thursday afternoon, a decoy ad posted online in Greater Boston received more than 60 inquiries for illegal paid sex. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“I’ve learned that it’s happening in my own community, it’s happening everywhere,” says one anti-sex trafficking activist. “It’s prolific, especially in the online space.”

150 Years Ago, Olmsted Released His Historic Yosemite Report

August 07, 2015
A couple sits on a bench near the Short Street Step Bridge by the Muddy River on the Riverway. The Riverway is part of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The landscape architect’s landmark report is largely credited with providing the basis for the creation of Yosemite National Park.

As Cambridge Builds And Builds, City Seeks Hike In Affordable Housing Fees

July 31, 2015
Cambridge City Councilor Denise Simmons is pushing a hike in the city's linkage fees, which go toward an affordable housing trust. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The Cambridge City Council is expected to vote next month on a plan to triple the fees that developers pay — fees that go toward an affordable housing trust.

Years In The Making, Boston Public Market Opens

July 30, 2015
Fruits and vegetables from Siena Farms in Sudbury are seen Wednesday -- a day before the official opening of the Boston Public Market. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

It’s the first of its kind in the country — a year-round market with all of its goods sourced in New England.

Casting A Critical Architectural Eye On Boston’s Building Boom

July 15, 2015
The Kensington apartments and Millenium Place condominiums, behind, tower over Chinatown at the intersection of Stuart, Kneeland and Washington streets in this 2013 file photo. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Downtown Crossing. The Seaport District. Dudley Square. We tour some of the city’s newest developments with an architect.

Documentary By Andover High Grad Brings Opioid Crisis To Light

June 12, 2015
Kaegan Casey, at WBUR (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

“A lot of people in our town don’t even know that heroin is an issue,” Kaegan Casey told WBUR, “so I just needed to spread awareness and try to do something.”

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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