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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Tens of thousands of travelers are expected to journey between Northern Maine, Quebec, and New Brunswick for the 2014 World Acadian Congress.

The gathering of New World French culture starts Friday and border agencies are preparing for the onslaught.

Severe thunderstorms which swept through Southern Maine on Tuesday and Wednesday sent two women to the hospital, felled trees and started fires.

James Brown with the National Weather Service in Gray says although rare, people are struck by lightning, and sometimes killed, every summer. This year, he says, seems to be an especially active year for severe storms.

A Gorham woman is OK with only some blisters on her feet after lightning struck her home and shocked her from where she stood in her bathroom during yesterday's thunderstorms. National Weather Service Meteorlogist James Brown says it's true that lightning can get to you even inside your house.

"You've got wires that come into the house, that are close by the plumbing and they can sometimes be conducted right down the plumbing to a faucet or a bathtub spigot or something like that," Brown says.

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Any ad agency will tell you that to successfully sell a product you need the right face for the job. For Maine potatoes in the mid-20th century, that face belonged to one boy whose wholesome image helped put Maine spuds on plates from here to Florida.  Jennifer Mitchell has the story of this marketing icon and his life after advertising.

FairPoint Communications and the two unions representing more than 1,700 workers across Northern New England have failed to agree on a contract, after months of negotiations which began in April.

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Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins says the Senate needs to go back to Washington to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant minors flooding over the country's  southern border.

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More than 6,000 runners and volunteers took part in the annual TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race in Cape Elizabeth Saturday.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud says he's pleased that House members reached across the aisle to negotiate and pass a bipartisan Veterans Administration conference report on Wednesday.

"We have heard from veterans, their families, VA employees, veterans service organizations about what is and what isn't working within the Department of Veterans Affairs," Michaud says.

ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LLC, a food giant that includes a wide range of products such as Chef Boyardee and Swiss Miss, is on the hook for environmental cleanup costs in South Paris.

ConAgra will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $5.7 million for efforts to remediate the old A.C. Lawrence Leather site in South Paris. Federal regulators say ConAgra is the successor to the defunct tannery through a complex series of corporate mergers.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, ranking member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, says it's not a permanent fix, but approves that the Senate has passed a temporary extension of the Highway Trust Fund.

The extension would keep federal highway money flowing to states into mid-December, but the Senate stripped out a House funding provision that would have kept the program solvent through May — a move the House has vowed to counter.

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One of Maine's fastest growing industries is on display today.

Smoke from wildfires burning hundreds of miles to the west have made for a hazy weekend across northern New England and into Maine.

Legendary Maine college baseball coach John Winkin has died.

Union members at Fairpoint Communications say they're in favor of striking if contract negotiations with the company cannot be reached by the  August deadline.