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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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."

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Church bells still summon the faithful to the start of worship, and you can still hear them ring out on special occasions in certain town squares. But these days, the dulcet tones of handmade bells and chimes are increasingly being drowned out by electronic gadgets.

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When April rolls around this man from Wiscasset is one of the busiest guys you’re likely to meet.

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BANGOR, Maine - Penobscot elders vowed at a rally Sunday to continue to fight a court ruling that affirms the state of Maine as the regulatory body with sole authority over the Penobscot River, a view with which the tribe disagrees.

A Bangor community college is working to fill a nursing gap in some of the most rural counties in the state with the launch of a nursing program in Dover-Foxcroft.

Piscataquis County, like many places in Maine, is facing a critical shortage of qualified nurses.

“This is just the first of hopefully many thinking-outside-the-box programs that we’re going to unroll,” says Jennifer Khavari, director of advancement at Eastern Maine Community College.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

According to an Oxford University study, nearly half the jobs considered indispensable today, from loan officers and paralegals to baristas and waiters, will disappear over the next 30 years.

Susan Sharon/Maine Public

AUGUSTA, Maine - About 150 state workers rallied at the statehouse Saturday morning, as Mainers woke up to their first government shutdown in more than 25 years. Maine is currently operating under a state of Civil Emergency, after lawmakers failed to pass a $7 billion compromise budget by the stroke of midnight June 30th.

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Earlier this month, Republican Gov. Paul LePage took up a Democrat-sponsored food sovereignty bill, and signed it. The move, which delighted or dismayed, depending on who you talk to, essentially tells state regulators to butt out if a municipality chooses to assert its local authority over food regulation.

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Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins says she has concerns over the Republican health bills that have been put forward. Speaking on MSNBC Thursday, Collins says there are several areas that are not acceptable.

"I cannot support a bill that is going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance and I cannot support a bill that's going to make such deep cuts to Medicaid that it's going to shift billions of dollars in costs," she said.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Governor Paul LePage has again vetoed a bill designed to ensure that Mainers with private wells are drinking water that is safe. LD 454 attempts to bring private drinking water sources more in line with the oversight already in place for public water supplies, through improved education, recommendations, and expanded testing for potentially lethal contaminants.

The Department of Homeland Security has given its OK for Maine to have a little more time to comply with the federal REAL ID law.

According to a state spokesperson, Mainers can use their standard driver’s licenses and IDs to access military bases, nuclear power plants and other federal facilities until Oct. 10.

Beginning on Jan. 22, 2018, people in states without the REAL ID, or a compliance waiver, won’t be able to use their ID to board an aircraft. Maine plans to apply for a renewed waiver before then.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she’s alarmed over Russian reaction to NATO’s newest member, a country with close military ties to Maine: Montenegro.

“The Maine National Guard has a longtime state partnership with Montenegro, and actually helped them get ready for ascension into NATO — something I’m very proud of,” she says.

The Balkan country, part of the former Yugoslavia, became the 29th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on June 5.

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine - A 14 year old boy has died while swimming in the Aroostook River with friends. According to the Maine Warden Service, the Fort Fairfield boy drowned Saturday evening near the confluence of the Hockenhull Brook.

Jennifer Mitchell

BANGOR, Maine- Under sunny skies on Saturday afternoon, more than 100 people gathered once again on the banks of the Penobscot River in Bangor, to speak out for clean water, renewable energy, and better environmental stewardship. Participants came together at the Bangor Waterfront,  holding signs that read "Water Is Life" and "Protect The Water" with some paddling out onto the river in canoes and kayaks, in a sort of environmental flotilla.