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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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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.”

Why There Are Rows Of Solar Panels Beside The Mass Pike

June 04, 2015
Solar panels are seen beside the Mass Pike in Natick on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The state Department of Transportation is pushing forward with a solar project to generate green energy and savings for the department.

Marty Meehan: State Leaders Need To Know Mass. Economy ‘Runs Through’ UMass

May 21, 2015
Incoming UMass President Marty Meehan talks about his plans for the five-campus system during an interview at WBUR. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The incoming UMass president discusses the challenges he believes the university system faces and shares some of his strategies for overcoming them.

‘The Door Is Closer To Being Closed': Marines Reflect On Their Return To Vietnam

May 01, 2015
Juan Valdez, of Oceanside, California, was the last Marine to board the last helicopter off the Saigon embassy roof in 1975. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

Images of those final chaotic days of the war are seared into the soldiers’ memories, and they each see reflections of their experiences in America’s military involvement today in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Vietnamese Parade, And A Solemn U.S. Ceremony

April 30, 2015
Men in military leadership pose for a portrait during the Reunification Day parade Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

It was a day of contrasts in Ho Chi Minh City — the Reunification Day parade downtown, and a solemn ceremony honoring the last U.S. soldiers to die in the war.

For Vietnamese, April 30 Is A Day Of Many Meanings

April 30, 2015
Parade marchers representing workers and farmers wait in formation for the Reunification Day parade to begin, Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

Reunification Day marks the day the last American troops left Vietnam. But what does April 30 mean to the Vietnamese? It very much depends on whom you ask.

11 Days After Arriving, Woburn Marine Was Among Last To Die In The Vietnam War

April 29, 2015
A memorial in honor of Cpl. Charles McMahon at the Woburn Boys and Girls Club. McMahon one of the last two U.S. service members to die in the Vietnam War. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Charlie McMahon’s life in Woburn revolved around the local Boys Club. He was just 21 when he was killed in a rocket attack by the North Vietnamese the day before the Fall of Saigon.

How The Last 2 U.S. Service Members Killed On Vietnamese Soil Finally Made It Home

April 29, 2015
After a year of negotiations, the remains of Cpl. Charles McMahon and Lance Cpl. Darwin Judge, the last two U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War, were returned to the U.S. via a military terminal at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport. (Courtesy Dale DeHaan)

Nearly a year after they died, the remains of the last two U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War were finally turned over, not to the White House or the State Department, but to the office of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Back In Vietnam After 40 Years: ‘We’re Still Trying To Move On; They Already Have’

April 28, 2015
Former U.S. Marines John Ghilain, from Malden, left, and Bill Newell, from Hopkinton, speak to WBUR atop the Saigon Star Monday in Ho Chi Minh City. In 1975, the building was their barracks. This is their first trip back to Vietnam since they evacuated 40 years ago. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

Two of the last U.S. Marines to leave Vietnam have returned for a ceremony honoring the last Marines to die. We get their thoughts on the changes.

Among The Last To Leave, Mass. Marines Recall The Vietnam War’s Chaotic Final Hours

April 27, 2015
In this April 29, 1975, file photo, mobs of Vietnamese people scale the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, trying to get to a helicopter pickup zone. (Neal Ulevich/AP)

On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, four Massachusetts Marines detail the final evacuation of U.S. troops.

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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