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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A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama acted within his authority when he created the country’s first Atlantic marine monument off the coast of New England in 2016.

This month reporter Lindsay Tice of the Lewiston Sun Journal wrote about a nursing home in Lewiston that’s on a federal list of problem facilities. Complaints about Marshwood Center in Lewiston allege that patients have suffered from maggot-infested wounds, have been left in beds soiled with urine and feces and sometimes go without food for 14 hours.

Keith Srakocic / Associated Press file

The end of the year is not far away now and, with it, the tax year for most folks comes to an end. You might notice the surge of appeals from charities asking you for your donation. And like many folks, you might still be confused over how to handle donations on your taxes.

As college students await - and perhaps dread - the results of their semester final exams, the University of Maine System is launching what it hopes will serve as a lifeboat for some students who have had academic trouble this semester.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

After eight days of testimony, a jury in Waldo County Superior Courty found Sharon Carrillo guilty Wednesday of depraved indifference murder in the abuse death of her 10-year-0ld daughter Marissa Kennedy.

bigelow laboratory for ocean sciences

Research being conducted at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay indicates the world’s oceans have far more life in it than previously understood.

But you can't see any of it.

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Legislation that would give all veterans with any service-related disability free lifetime entry to the U.S. National Parks system has moved through the Congressional Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Nam Y. Huh / AP File

Perhaps you're planning to fly to another state sometime this holiday season. Maybe you didn't think much about it when you booked your trip to Chicago or Phoenix. Or maybe you're planning to take the kids to Disney World over the winter break. As of right now, you can flash your Maine drivers' license and get on the plane, but at this time next year, that will not be the case.

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A group in Maine's western mountains area is launching a campaign to attract new faces - and new dollars - to the region year round.

As families across the country tuck into roast turkey and stuffing, 220 miles overhead, Maine astronaut Jessica Meir and crewmates are having a freeze dried feast of their own.


"Cornbread dressing - this will be great," Meir says. "We can, maybe we can, stuff inside the turkey just to, maybe, make it like a real stuffing."



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The University of Maine is launching an initiative designed to help Mainers better understand how the state is affected by Arctic climate.

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The University of Maine has unveiled a new center, dedicated to the science of parenting.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Maine's fledgling hemp industry has been anxiously awaiting regulatory guidance from the federal government, and now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued some temporary rules. But some of the initial guidance is raising questions for both growers and state regulators.

Maine labor leaders are gathering in Bangor for the two-day, biennial meeting of Maine AFL-CIO and its 160 affiliated unions.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

A few weeks ago, Sheepscot General Store and Farm in Whitefield was making headlines for its innovative "U-pick hemp," a crop that was legalized under the 2018 USDA farm bill. Now the story is one of uncertainty as the family farm finds itself in limbo with its bank and its insurance company both planning to drop the farm.