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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Mainers can expect to see petitions circulating in the coming weeks asking if they'd like to see an initiative for physician-assisted suicide on the fall ballot next year.

Valerie Lovelace from the Wiscasset-based Maine Death With Dignity is one of those spearheading the petition drive, to be launched next week. She volunteers for hospice.

"I've sat at the bedside of individuals who have died, and that have not gone well," says Lovelace.

courtesy, Sen. Susan Collins

PORTLAND, Maine- Sen. Susan Collins is calling Merton G. Henry, an adviser and long time friend to her family. 

WARREN, Maine - Officials with the Maine Department of Corrections says an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren died early Sunday morning. Dead is Gregory E. Leeman, 57 years of age.

The Maine Department of Transportation is continuing its efforts to replace Maine's rural network of iconic, green, framework bridges – many of which are well beyond their planned 75 year lifespans.

Maine DOT commissioner David Bernhardt says rural bridges in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties are overdue for replacement. For example, the Pleasant River Bridge in Milo is more than 80-years-old. Such bridges are what's known as "fracture critical" structures.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

We all know the association between Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and its home state of Vermont. The brand is known in all 50 states and 40 different countries. Now one Maine-based company is looking to become the Ben & Jerry's of gelato.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

BANGOR, Maine - The Maine State Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the deaths of two people found inside a burning delivery truck Wednesday night to be homicide.

The state continues to be at a slightly higher than normal risk for flooding. That's according to the state’s River Flow Advisory Commission, which met Thursday, for the second time this season.

Commission members said that while rivers in southern Maine are mostly ice free, in northern Maine it's a different story.

"The rivers still have as much as 40 inches of ice on them," said Susan Faloon, with the Maine Emergency Management Agency.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

HOLDEN, Maine -  Almost 100 sugar shacks are open for Maine Maple Sunday, and this year, most should have something to demonstrate.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Hundreds of thousands of ralliers from across the world — including Maine — are expected to mobilize Saturday to call for an end to gun violence.

The ACLU of Maine is one of 10 ACLU affiliates from around the country sending a letter to Greyhound Lines, an intercity bus common carrier, this week.

The letter asks bus executives to deny U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents' requests to board coaches to carry out passenger checks and searches:

“Businesses in this country have just as much responsibility as citizens to protect our values and make sure that we're all following the constitution,” the letter states.

A judge has ruled that a lawsuit alleging patient neglect and worker mistreatment at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta can go forward this spring.

Jennifer Taghavidinani of Oakland, filed suit in 2016 saying she'd experienced harrassment while employed by the center and that patients were not receiving adequate care.

The Kennebec Journal reports that the suit also asserts that Taghavidinani was punished for complaining about work conditions and the treatment of patients.

A federal judge recently ruled that the lawsuit can go to trial in May. 

FALMOUTH, Maine - Human rights advocates in Maine say no one should be too surprised that a play at the Falmouth Footlights Theatre has garnered a number of hateful calls for its subject matter.

A $17.3 million U.S. Department of Defense contract with New Balance to provide U.S.-made athletic shoes to service members is getting cheers from lawmakers in Maine, where the company employs hundreds of people. 

The cutting, stitching, assembly and sole laying for the shoe will be done at New Balance’s manufacturing facility in Norridgewock, Me and 100 percent of the midsole production and stock fitting will be conducted at New Balance’s manufacturing facility in Boston, Ma.

PORTLAND, Maine —  A pedestrian was killed in Portland as he walked along a section of Congress Street at Blueberry Road on Saturday.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Of all Maine's export products, one of the most logistically challenging is Homarus americanus. Fresh Maine lobster is now in demand all over the world, but it takes a lot of work to deliver the product to the other side of the planet while it's still fresh. In this installment of It CAN Get There From Here we visit a lobster dealer who's found a way to do it.

Lobster packing is a squeaky affair, but the workers who do it will tell you “you get used to the Styrofoam squeak after a while.”