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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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In New Hampshire, Voter Frustration Spans The Political Spectrum

February 04, 2016
Doug Jones, a Donald Trump supporter, stands outside his house in Penacook, New Hampshire. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders supporters often cite frustration as a key factor in choosing their respective candidates. The commonalities between these voting groups, which sit on opposite ends of the political spectrum, are striking and a bit ironic.

Roundtable: N.H. Independents Discuss The Primary As They Make Up Their Minds

January 21, 2016

We speak with a group of independent voters in New Hampshire to learn what issues matter most to them ahead of the upcoming primaries.

Local Advocates Applaud New Screening For Central American Migrants

January 13, 2016
A U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on Jan. 4.  Secretary of State John Kerry announced Wednesday that the U.S. government will partner with the U.N. to set up processing centers in Latin America where migrants can apply for refugee status before attempting to come to the U.S. (Russell Contreras/AP)

U.S. officials are partnering with the U.N. to set up processing centers in Central America where migrants can apply for refugee status before attempting to come to the U.S.

Nationwide Immigration Raids Stoke Local Fears

January 06, 2016
In this July 2015 file photo, immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala who entered the country illegally board a bus after they were released from a family detention center in Texas. The Department of Homeland Security has recently begun raids to deport people who have illegally entered the U.S. within the last two years and have been issued final orders of removal. (Eric Gay/AP)

As the Department of Homeland Security conducts large scale raids to deport those who have illegally crossed the southern border, many — whether they have received final removal orders or not — are fearful.

Gov. Baker On The Budget, The MBTA And Why He Worries ‘A Lot’ About DCF

December 24, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker, who's ending his first year as governor, is seen in his State House "working office" -- a space covered with family photos and personal memorabilia. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

“The Bella Bond thing, that is about as big a tragedy as anything I think we faced this year,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in year-end conversation.

Charlestown Residents Push Wynn For Traffic Solutions Ahead Of Everett Casino

December 18, 2015
Traffic from I-93 into Sullivan Square in Charlestown sits at a standstill around 11 a.m., well after rush hour. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We speak with a longtime Charlestown resident about her concerns, and take those concerns to a Wynn executive for a response.

‘We're Syrians Before We Were Anything Else’: A Portrait Of Worcester’s Syrian Community

December 16, 2015
Camille Nasrah, left, and Salah Asfoura -- both Syrian nationals living in Worcester -- eat lunch at Bahnan’s International Marketplace. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Fewer than 100 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Massachusetts since 2011, with the largest share in Worcester. But the Syrian community in Worcester is bigger than these new arrivals alone, with roots stretching back generations.

WBUR Poll: On Syrian Refugees, Mass. Voters Split Along Party Lines

December 04, 2015
Syrian refugee children run at a temporary refugee camp on Nov. 28 in Irbil, Iraq. (Seivan M. Salim/AP)

Massachusetts voters have conflicting feelings when it comes to Syrian refugees and their vetting by the U.S. government, our survey found.

Boston’s Environment Chief Attends Paris Climate Talks

December 02, 2015

Austin Blackmon — Boston’s own chief of environment, energy and open spaces — will represent the city at the U.N. climate talks as it’s recognized for its community engagement work when it comes to curbing climate change.

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.

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.

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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