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Watch Online: Nightline's Cynthia McFadden '78 Comes Home to Maine for Off-Shore Drilling Segment

Story posted September 19, 2008

Cynthia McFadden '78, co-host of the ABC News late-night news program Nightline and trustee emerita, reported on the prospect of off-shore drilling in Maine in a segment that aired Friday, September 19, 2008.

Cynthia McFadden '78

McFadden, who was raised in Maine, filed the report as part of the ongoing ABC News series, "50 States in 50 Days."

In an article, "Going Home to Maine," posted on, McFadden promotes the piece while sharing some personal insights about returning to her home state.

"It was a great treat this week to go home to Maine. The fact that I have now lived outside of the state longer than I ever lived in it makes little difference: Maine was home and always will be.

"I grew up in the same house where my mother was born. A home my grandfather built. I went to college half an hour down the road from that house, at Bowdoin. I was the first in my family fortunate enough to be able to go to college. My parents made sure I had that chance."

McFadden writes that the Nightline segment probes a range of questions: How do those who are both being crushed by the rise in the cost of oil but make make their living from the sea feel about off-shore drilling? Is Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) a hypocrite for supporting off-shore drilling in general but opposing it in Maine? Would drilling off the coast of Maine improve the lives of those who live here?

Read the article here.

To watch the Nightline segment, click here then click on "State of Maine: Living off the Sea."

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