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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Gabor Degre / BDN File

A proposed mining project in Northern Penobscot County has cleared its first steps with the state's Land Use Planning Commission.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

The Maine Center for Disease Control is investigating a second outbreak of COVID-19 within Maine's wild blueberry industry.

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The coast of Maine is home to a number of whales. Humpback, minkee and pilot whales are a familiar sight. Less common, however, is the beaked whale. Yet, just in the last few weeks, two beaked whales - a Blainville's beaked whale, which had never been seen here before, and a Sowerby's beaked whale - stranded and died on beaches in York and Phippsburg. Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell spoke with Linda Doughty, director of Marine Mammals of Maine, about what's known about the unusual strandings at this point.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine Center for Disease Control has reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

With harvest on the horizon and the summer slipping away, COVID-19 continues to wreak new havoc on Maine farms in diverse ways. Some farmers say the pandemic is dealing blows to their business plans and complicating an already complex labor market — even driving some to the brink of disaster.

National Weather Service

Hot conditions since May coupled with very little rainfall have caused not just drier than average conditions in Maine, but actual drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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This year's back to school preparations will be like no other year.

AUGUSTA, Maine- The Maine Center for Disease Control reported in its latest numbers on Sunday morning that two more people with COVID-19 have died, making three over the weekend.

DEDHAM, Maine - One person is dead and several others injured  following a serious pile-up involving at least four vehicles on one of Maine busiest summer coastal routes.

HIRAM, Maine- The National Weather Service in Gray confirms that a small tornado formed Saturday afternoon in western Maine and traveled for a number of miles, uprooting trees and causing  property damage.

INDIAN STREAM TWP, Maine-  A Maine woman died Saturday while white-water rafting on the Upper Kennebec River.

A century after winning the right to vote, Maine women are still contending with lower wages, sexual harassment in the workplace and unacceptable amounts of gender-based violence. Those are some of the findings of the 2020 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Maine, released Thursday.

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Following the release of new state health guidelines, Hollywood Slots Casino in Bangor is reopening Friday at noon, a day after the Oxford Casino reopened its doors.

Fred Bever / Maine Public File

There have been many conversations about "political correctness" - what it means, how it's used, whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. Political correctness is often characterized as a left-leaning pretense criticized by those unsympathetic to a position. For example, some have dismissed calls to ban certain racial epithets or certain racist symbols as P.C. But one professor at Colby College argues that some long standing institutions, such as the police themselves, are the beneficiaries of P.C. thinking.

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As the state opens up its borders and businesses, the demand for COVID-19 testing is going up.