About Maea Lenei
Maea Lenei Buhre is an associate producer for the PBS NewsHour.
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Arts Oct 08At this Virginia theater, the show — and the masks — must go on
Seven months into the pandemic, theater companies are still struggling to raise the curtain on live performances. But one regional company in rural Virginia hopes it has found a way for the show to go on -- in a way…
Arts Oct 02Playing Othello as a Black woman in today’s America
Amid nationwide protests against systemic racism, Jessika D. Williams sees parallels between racism in the play and in real life.
Economy Aug 07How these Americans are coping with the pandemic’s financial fallout
The economy has recovered some of the jobs lost during the early weeks of the pandemic -- but that growth now seems to be slowing. Millions of Americans still don’t have work, with many now receiving less money in unemployment.
Politics Aug 04WATCH: Lawmakers, civil rights experts testify on protecting free speech amid protests
The committee’s chair, Sen. Ted Cruz, said the hearing will center on “how Antifa and other anarchists are hijacking peaceful protests and engaging in political violence that is not only criminal, but antithetical to the First Amendment.”…
Health Jul 16Stories of hope and resilience from COVID-19 survivors
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have heard so many stories of loss and lasting illness. But for most who contract it, the novel coronavirus is not a death sentence. The NewsHour spoke to several survivors about their…
Health Jul 03A book that teaches children ‘Why We Stay Home’
The uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic has upended the daily lives of children across the globe, leaving parents and caregivers struggling to explain the changes. Two medical students in California say their desire to help bridge that gap in understanding…
Science Jun 15Meet people volunteering to be exposed to COVID-19 for vaccine research
As the world anxiously awaits development of a vaccine for COVID-19, new and controversial research measures are being considered for the first time. These include the possibility of deliberately exposing volunteers to the disease to see if they are infected.
Health Jun 10As coronavirus rises in Alabama, experts worry over lack of ‘guardrails’ in reopening
Although Americans are trying to move closer to their pre-pandemic routines, there are signs the coronavirus continues to spread in places that have eased restrictions. One of those is Alabama, among the last states to issue a stay-at-home order and…
World May 07Many Pacific islands are untouched by COVID-19. Its arrival could be disastrous
Several governments in the Pacific have warded off the coronavirus so far by imposing early and strict quarantines. But the benefit of being a rural island is likely to disappear if the highly infectious disease is introduced.
Economy Apr 23They were hit hard by the last recession. Now it’s happening again
The U.S. suffered a big financial hit during the Great Recession of 2008-2009. As the novel coronavirus pandemic yields another economic collapse, many of those people are losing jobs, businesses and investments again. Here are stories from four people who…