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

GREENVILLE, Maine -  Officials with the Maine Warden Service say they have located the body of a man who had been missing since Thursday. It's not yet clear how 66-year-old Robert Hammond of Hanson, Massachusetts died.

PORTLAND, Maine - Broadband and telephone company, Consolidated Communications, and the two unions representing 1000 employees in Northern New England have a tentative contract.

The progressive group, Maine People's Alliance, has released its annual scorecard ranking lawmakers.

MPA Legislative Director Taryn Hallweaver says this year's report also includes what is being called a "will of the voters" score.

AUBURN, Maine - Police in Auburn are investigating the circumstances around a body that was discovered floating in a local pond. Known as The Basin, the pond is located off Holbrook Road, where local police are being assisted by detectives from the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit.

PORTLAND, Maine - The City of Portland has issued an advisory for East End Beach following the results of a third water quality test, released Saturday afternoon.

The two unions representing Consolidated Communications workers in Northern New England say their membership has voted "overwhelmingly" to authorize a strike if necessary.

Don Trementozzi with Communications Workers of America Local 1400, says negotiations have been contentious since they began in April, but he says a strike is in no one's best interest, and that both CWA and IBEW are hoping an agreement can be reached "You know a strike is not in the best interest of either party, you know, you lose customers, it costs a lot of money, people lose income," he says

Nick Woodward / Maine Public File

Did your parents ever order you to “just go play outside”? Studies show that kids are spending less time outdoors — far less than their parents and grandparents did.

HAMPDEN, Maine (AP) - 55-year-old Philip Clark of Hampden was arrested Friday for the alleged murder of a woman who lived at the same location on Kennebec Road.

ORONO, Maine - A research team from the University of Maine has received a $1 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to further its work on a diagnostic sleep monitoring system.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have arrested a man who they say admitted to crossing illegally into the United States from Canada, at Calais.

45-year-old Benigno Godinez-Cortez, of Mexico, was detained on Tuesday.

"It's a very vast border, but obviously vast doesn't equate to porousness,” says Houlton Sector Public Affairs Liaison, Jonathan Maynard.

As President Trump prepares to name the second Supreme Court nominee of his presidency, a group of advocacy organizations in Maine - including Maine Women's Lobby, Maine Conservation Voters, AFL-CIO and others - are urging the state's two U.S. senators to reject generic assurances during the confirmation process.

"An assurance that someone will 'follow precedent' is of course standard - and close to meaningless. We really need answers," said Mary Bonauto, civil rights project director for the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAD, in a press call Thursday.


AUGUSTA, Maine -  The majority of Maine State Parks and historic sites will offer free admission for Maine residents on Sunday. Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Spokesman, John Bott, says the free parks day, which traditionally falls on Fathers' Day each June,  is a way to recognize that Maine tax payers make the 48 park system possible.


Preserving the Allagash Wilderness Waterway's logging history, while keeping the area wild, is one priority to come from a new report released Friday. 

The report was released by the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, which manages the area. 

A bill authored by Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, of Pennsylvania, has passed out of committee as part of the Senate Farm Bill.

Collins' provision, known as the "Nourishing Our Golden Years Act," makes it easier for senior citizens to stay eligible for the need-based senior food box program. To get the food, participants have had to go through a detailed financial assessment every six months.

"This lightens up the rules so we don't have to do it as often," says Jason Hall, who oversees the USDA program in Maine.