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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More than 1,500 people gathered at the Portland International Jetport Sunday afternoon, joining pop-up protests at airports and on public squares around the country designed to show support for refugees in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order.

Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

WASHINGTON D.C. -  Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say they're in favor of protecting the nation's borders from terrorism, but they say President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning all refugees is not just too broad but likely to be ineffective- and possibly harmful.

Jennifer Mitchell

Over the next few weeks, students from College of the Atlantic will be trekking across ice covered lakes and bushwhacking over frozen marshes on behalf of Acadia National Park. They’re on the trail of one of the park’s most fearsome predators.

PORTLAND, Maine _ Police in Portland are investigating what they say appears to be a hate attack on four black teenagers. The four, students at Casco Bay High School,  were waiting for a bus on Allen Avenue when they say they were accosted and assaulted by a white male.

A student at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington makes smoothies in Home Ec. class
Jennifer Mitchell/Maine Public

Depending on your age, you may remember a school course called Home Economics. Or perhaps you knew it as Family and Consumer Science or “FCS.”

Or maybe you don’t know it at all; the subject that once taught young people how to live is rapidly disappearing from Maine schools.

WALDOBORO, Maine — Police in Waldoboro say a man is dead following a fatal exchange with police as they responded to reports of a domestic issue early Sunday morning.

Augusta, Maine _ The Maine Pulp and Paper Association is disbanding, according to an online post by Maine Environmental News.

Susan Walsh / Associated Press

In just over a week, tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to the nation’s capital in a show of solidarity for the rights of women and other citizens of the world.

PORTLAND, Maine - A newly-formed Portland nonprofit says at least 500 people have pledged to support Muslim-owned businesses in the city this weekend.

"We favor a city where people of many different backgrounds and religions can live and work safely," says Patricia Washburn, a member of Progressive Portland, the group behind the effort.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

The past three years have seen a rapid rise in demand for one type of meat nationwide: pork.

Robert Burns / Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

For 70 years, antibiotics have been used to combat deadly bacterial diseases in humans and other animals, but too much of a good thing has led to some drug resistant strains that are hard to vanquish.

BANGOR, Maine _ Power has been restored to most homes and businesses around the state, although a few are still in the dark. Many had been without power since Thursday, when a sizeable storm hit the entire state.

OakleyOriginals / Flickr/Creative Commons

What kind of nibbles are you planning to pass around at your New Year’s Eve party? Tortilla chips? Roasted nuts perhaps? How about “salty scarabs” or “crunchy cockroaches”?

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

It’s been more than a year since a new potato variety known as the Caribou Russet was unveiled. But so far, it’s been rather hard to find — getting a new potato onto store shelves isn’t as simple as it may seem.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

MILLINOCKET, Maine —  The first official Millinocket Marathon was run in temperatures that struggled to get out of the single numbers Saturday.