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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ORONO, Maine-  Enrollment is now open for farmers to sign up for a federally subsidized, pilot drought insurance program designed to protect hay and other forage crops.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine group that promotes bicycling says it's noticed an uptick in the number of fatal crashes between automobiles and bicyclists and pedestrians in recent weeks. Three people have been killed in separate incidents since Oct. 10, bringing the total of fatalities so far this year to 11 - on pace with last year. The Maine Bicycle Coalition's James Tasse says dangerous road design, distracted driving, and bikers and walkers not paying attention all play a role. "There are a lot of factors at play," he says.

BANGOR, Maine - As autumn produce starts hitting the shelves, Maine's cranberry harvest appears to be strong, despite fears over drought conditions.

"Might even prove to be a little bit above average size yield this year," says Charles Armstrong, a cranberry expert with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service.

BANGOR, Maine - The Penobscot County Sheriff's Department is extending its annual drug take-back to two days, starting Friday, to allow more people to get rid of potentially harmful medications.

Chief Deputy William Sheehan says unused prescription drugs in the house can be unsafe for kids, and make people a target for burglaries. But he says it's not OK to simply dump them.

"We don't want to people to flush them down their toilets because it does get into the water system," Sheehan says, "and some of those meds are not able to be filtered out."

BANGOR, Maine - A group of small businesses owners launched a campaign Wednesday in support of an increased minimum wage, through a series of television ads.

Audio from television ad: "It was important that we paid a living wage because nobody should work full time and have to live in poverty."

That's from an ad featuring business owners Adam Baril and Tony Giambro, who run an auto repair shop in western Maine. Also featured is Michael Landgarten, who owns a clam shack and two other eateries in southern Maine. 

BANGOR, Maine - The application window for small, rural businesses and agricultural operations to apply for an energy grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened, and will close in less than two weeks.

"The demand for solar among Maine's businesses and agricultural producers is just growing by leaps and bounds," says Virginia Manuel, who heads USDA Rural Development in Maine.

BANGOR, Maine_ Police in Bangor say they'll review surveillance video and interview witnesses to try and determine who may have vandalized a number of cars parked at the Cross Insurance Center Saturday, as a Donald Trump event carried on inside. 

GREENVILLE, Maine _ Fire officials say a man perished in a fire at 56 Washington St., a downtown apartment home in Greenville Saturday morning.  Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman, Stephen McCausland says  the victim is 19 year old Stephen Richards of Greenville. 

BANGOR, Maine - The City of Bangor is again planning to help people get to the polls on Election Day using its Community Connector bus service. 

But unlike in years past, this time, no one will need a ticket on Nov. 8.  "Well, what we've done in the past is we've offered free rides to voters to and from the polls on the bus," says city official Meghan Collins. "This year what we're doing different is we're expanding that free option to all bus patrons."

Nick Woodward / MPBN

In this turbulent political year, we’ve been exploring the stories of immigrants and their families in Maine. Today, we take you to Lewiston, where a community of African migrants is writing a new chapter in the story of Maine by breathing new life into old farmland.

Jennifer Mitchell

BANGOR, Maine — Fittingly enough for a gathering to call for clean water, a thunderstorm and a long heavy downpour didn't deter a couple hundred people from gathering on the shores of the Penobscot River Sunday to protest the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

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One of the volatile political topics of 2016, not just in America but in Europe as well, is that of immigration and resettlement. Here at home, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has put Mexico at the center of his rhetoric, proposing a Berlin-style wall along the southern U.S. border.

GRAY, Maine - The National Weather Service is warning residents of coastal Maine and New Hampshire of potentially high surf, winds, and dangerous currents as the remnants of hurricane Hermine track northward up the eastern seaboard.

PROSPECT, Maine -  Maine State Police say speed is likely to blame for a single vehicle crash on a local road in Prospect, which killed two men and sent a third to the hospital.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

September means one thing for most kids in Maine: an end to summer holidays and the start of classes. But for some, the school year isn’t that straightforward, because their parents chase the seasons from Texas to Maine, harvesting vegetables, picking apples and raking blueberries.