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.

Ways to Connect

Courtesy Lisa Nelson Graham

About 200 people turned out Friday night for a pair of hearings held by the Maine Public Utilities Commission — one in Farmington and one in the Forks — on Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line known as New England Clean Energy Connect.

A new online ocean conservation tool has been launched. It's called the Conservation Planning Database.

Maine’s median household income increased by over $3,100 last year to more than $56,000.

Courtesy University of Maine

Forest officials warn of impending disaster after the discovery of the destructive emerald ash borer in Maine — for the second time.

Two weeks before it was set to open, it wasn't clear if there would be any money for a central Maine fair that has been running since 1858. In August, the Litchfield Farmers' Club found itself "flat broke," and its treasurer arrested for allegedly draining the accounts.

The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor is receiving almost $170,000 in federal grant money to support its efforts to 'decolonize' exhibits — and to help other institutions do the same.

Good Shepherd Food Bank

After a year of record low unemployment figures, the percentage of Maine households facing food insecurity remains above the national average.

In Bangor Friday evening, a crowd gathered in Pickering Square to observe National Overdose Awareness Day.


If you felt Portland was a little steamy last month — you were right. The average temperature, including daytime and nighttime, was 4 degrees above average at 72.2.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is publicly supporting a group's ongoing lawsuit against Harvard University over what the plaintiff says are discriminatory admissions practices. The group was founded by a Maine resident, who welcomes the DOJ involvement.

Members of Maine's newspaper industry are lauding Wednesday’s announcement by the International Trade Commission, stating that tariffs imposed on Canadian newsprint paper will be relaxed.

Joaquim Alves Gaspar / Wikimedia Commons

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that West Nile Virus has been detected for the first time this year in a pool of mosquitoes collected in Kittery.

The treasurer of a long-standing agricultural fair was arrested Friday and charged with embezzlement.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Before Europeans settled on the East Coast, the Wabanaki tribes had open access to all of Maine's natural resources, from eels to ash, and sweetgrass to salmon. 

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Piscataquis County is Maine's least populous county with fewer than six people per square mile. And it's losing inhabitants.