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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BANGOR, Maine- Almost a week after Pittsfield-based construction company Cianbro was selected to build a 21 bed forensic psychiatric unit in Bangor, the issue appears on a Bangor City Council workshop agenda.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

These days, when people say they're sending a document to the printer, they usually mean they're zapping it over to the Xerox machine.  It's never been easier to duplicate a stack of signs, letters, or notices.  But that's a relatively new development. 

NORTON, Vt. (AP) _ U.S. Customs and Border Protection is offering hiring bonuses and job security to people willing to work at some of the nation's most remote border crossings with Canada and Mexico.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College is moving a plaque that commemorates 19 alumni who fought for the confederacy, as well as Confederate president Jefferson Davis- who held an honorary degree from Bowdoin.

Mark King says a good quality compost has a pleasant, mild, earthy odor, with indistinguishable feedstocks.
Nick Woodward/Maine Public

A few times a year, people from all over the US — and well beyond — come to Maine to learn the science of all things rotten. The Maine Compost School has been teaching people how to turn organic trash into treasure, and glop into gold, for 20 years, making it the longest running program of its kind in the US.

Making a good compost is not for the faint of heart. It involves lots of things that stink, several things that crawl, and trillions of things you can’t even see.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Two Maine-based forest industry groups will spearhead a national effort to promote highly skilled and sustainable logging.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

These days, a “Cooper” might refer to a brand of cheese or a compact car. But a hundred years ago, a cooper was commonly known as person who built wooden casks to store wine, whiskey or other consumables — and the craft is still alive.

BUXTON, Maine - One man was seriously injured in a shooting in Buxton in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

BANGOR, Maine- Police in Bangor are investigating a child fatality, which they say occurred inside a home, and appears to have been caused by an animal.

Fair Rent Portland, a Portland rent reform group, says it has enough signatures to put a rent control ordinance on the Portland City ballot this fall.

The proposed ordinance would cap the amount that certain landlords could increase their rent each year, and includes other renter protections.

The group plans to deliver the signatures to the City Clerk on Monday.

Patty Wight / Maine Public/file

NEWARK, NJ - Kaci Hickox, the former Maine nurse who was detained and forced into an uncomfortable quarantine in New Jersey, has finalized a settlement with that state.

RUMFORD, Maine -  20 people have been displaced after a 10-unit apartment building in Rumford caught fire Saturday afternoon. 

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

For most of the 20th century, secretaries were at the heart of every office, and it was one of the few career paths widely open to women.

Jennifer Mitchell

WOODLAND, Maine - Dozens of farms are unbolting the barn door for Maine Open Farm Day, showcasing everything from berries to alpacas. 

WARREN, Maine - An inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren has died. According to the Maine Department of Corrections, the death of 47 year old Charles L. Pettigrow was "anticipated."