Jennifer Mitchell

News Producer

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, Jazz, Folk, World, Goth and Metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

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Courtesy University of Maine at Augusta

BANGOR, Maine - After a little more than a year on the job, James Conneely, president of the University of Maine Augusta, is resigning.

"Chancellor Page - he has accepted that resignation," says University of Maine System spokesman Dan Demeritt.

Demeritt says he cannot comment further on the reasons behind Conneely's resignation, other than to say that Conneely stepped down for "professional" reasons.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Maine Sen. Susan Collins has received a GRAMMYs on the Hill Award. The Recording Academy, which hands out the coveted GRAMMY awards to music performers, also recognizes educators and lawmakers at a yearly event on Capitol Hill.

Jeff Pidot/Natural Resources Council of Maine

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine - The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is one of the nation's newest recreational areas; it's really just getting started. Three years ago the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico was in a similar spot. Now, a chamber representative from New Mexico is coming to Maine to share what their community has learned during the process. 

BANGOR, Maine - Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, is warning of a new kind of telephone scam that's increased in recent weeks.

Power crews are poised to respond to an April Fool’s Day storm that’s expected to dump some potentially problematic snow across Maine this weekend.

“So we’re watching it pretty closely,” says Central Maine Power spokeswoman Gail Rice. “We’re not seeing a whole lot of wind with this.”

While that’s good news, Rice says the storm does seem to feature heavy, wet snow.

“We are seeing some forecasts for more sticky snow, in some parts of our service area, particularly down in York and Cumberland Counties,” she says.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Time is running out for nearly three dozen popular garden plants in Maine, and it’s not because another snowstorm is on the way.

Maine Public/file

FALMOUTH, Maine - Starting Monday at midnight, the speed limit along a busy stretch of I-295, will be going down, three years after it was increased.

Jennifer Mitchell /Maine Public

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's maple season seems to be off to a decent start, with no significant problems foreseen, as the state prepares to celebrate its 34th annual Maine Maple Sunday.

Maine’s unemployment rate fell by .3 percentage points between January and February to reach 3.2 percent.

State labor economist Glenn Mills says 13 of the last 16 months surveyed show an unemployment rate below 4 percent.

“So all the indicators of a fairly tight labor market are there. There are certainly pockets of weakness — in much of Northern Maine, the challenges in the forest economy and the like — but certainly from central Maine south it’s a fairly tight labor market,” he says.

Mills says there’s nothing very surprising in the latest numbers.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

BANGOR, Maine - Maine's maple industry seems to be off to a decent start, with no significant problems foreseen, as the state prepares to celebrate its 34th annual Maine Maple Sunday.

"Last year, you know, the season had  675,000 gallons, and that's up from 315,000 gallons in 2010," says Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry spokesman John Bott.

Bott says the trend for the last six years has been one of steadily increasing effort across Maine, with the number of taps increasing by 26 percent over the period.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Finding a pack of blueberries these days is as easy as pie — they’re plentiful in both the fresh and frozen sections of the supermarket. But while the supply is high, the market price has taken a dive, and that has growers feeling blue.

Courtesy, Bangor Police Department

BANGOR, Maine - Authorities in Bangor say a 13 year old child with autism has been found safely, after disappearing overnight. Joshua Hogan went missing from his home on Griffin Road, some time around 12:30 AM Sunday. He was spotted by several people in Brewer late Sunday morning, walking with a suitcase, after police launched a search.

For the first time in Maine, some patients will be able to pay for their marijuana prescriptions without visiting the ATM.

A new mobile app called CanPay is available at the state’s largest dispensary, Wellness Connection of Maine. CEO Patricia Rosi says it’s a milestone for the industry, which has struggled for legitimacy due to ongoing federal restrictions.

Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Reaction in Maine to President Donald Trump’s proposed $1.15 trillion budget has been swift - and critical.

BANGOR, Maine - A new study suggests that as more people retire, inadequate personal savings means the taxpayers will have to take on more of the burden. 

"With an aging Maine workforce moving into retirement increasingly reliant on public assistance, that cost to the state it likewise increasing," says Amy Gallant, advocacy director for AARP Maine, which commissioned the study.

States and the federal governments must address the barriers to saving for retirement, says Gallant, or the burden on taxpayers will continue to grow.