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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Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Maine has always been one place with a reliable snowpack, something that’s given rise to four-season tourism and a brisk winter sports scene. But this year, temperatures at both ends of the state are running about nine degrees above normal, and the state has received a lot less snow than it normally has.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

While Maine winters are legendary for their severity, so far, this one has so far been relatively mild.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Public health officials, and scientists at vaccine maker Moderna, are still trying to determine what caused temperature disruptions to multiple shipments of vaccine, rendering them potentially unusable.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

As the state enters the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, public health officials have determined that thousands of doses of recently arrived Moderna vaccine cannot be used due to a temperature problem somewhere along the supply chain.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Just days after state health officials requisitioned and redeployed almost 2,000 doses of vaccine from the Walgreens pharmacy chain, Maine CDC director Nirav Shah said he doing the same thing with another 975.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

A day after the U.S. saw more than 4,400 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, the state of Maine has recorded its highest number of new daily cases and its highest number of hospitalizations.

As COVID-19 upended people’s regular schedules, it served to bolster attendance at state parks to more than 3 million for the first time.

WIN MCNAMEE / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is cautioning Mainers not to get their new stimulus payments confused with junk credit card offers that come in the mail.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The Maine CDC is exploring ways for members of the public to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. But agency director Dr. Nirav Shah says that will require an IT platform that can offer certain functions.

The number of bicycle fatalities in Maine remained the same as in 2019, with two bicyclists killed in car crashes.

Jobless claims for first-time unemployment benefits fell a bit last week from 2,950 to about 2,700.

Maine State Police via AP

Traffic fatalities increased during 2020, with 165 people dying in Maine vehicle crashes so far, eight more than in all of 2019.

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press file

Slumping college application figures this year suggest that more students are skipping or delaying their postsecondary education because of the pandemic. But there’s at least one course of study that drawing significant interest — applications to medical and nursing schools are up.

Tom Porter / Maine Public file

The Hannaford supermarket chain says it is gearing up to participate in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

A blast of warm air from just north of the Bahamas is on its way to Maine for Christmas.