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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The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting 26 more cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 in Waldo County.

Leslie J. Mehroff / University of Connecticut/Bugwood.org

The Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry is urging landowners and nursery professionals to check for an aggressive, invasive plant that’s only recently been confirmed in Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting 27 additional COVID-19 cases.

PORTLAND, Maine — With less than a month to go before Election Day, a coalition of housing and social justice groups is ramping up its effort to boost five referendum questions that will appear before voters in Portland on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting 30 more cases of COVID-19 in the state, over Friday's totals.

BANGOR, Maine - The city clerk's office in Bangor is decamping to the much roomier Cross Insurance Center in preparation for a swell of residents looking to vote.

BREWER, Maine- The Brewer City Clerk has removed the city's ballot drop box as the city works to sort out a ballot mix-up.

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Short-term rental operators in Portland are voicing opposition to a ballot question that will appear before voters in the city on Nov. 3.

U.S. Geological Survey

2020 has been a very dry year. You might have noticed that your garden needs watering more than usual this summer — we've even been hearing of people watering their grass. And that's not something you see a lot of in Maine.

The police chief of Dover-Foxcroft has been arrested for allegedly attempting to strangle a woman and then threatening her with a gun.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Almost 60% of Maine is in a "severe drought" stage now.

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A land conservation organization is launching an effort to preserve more than 100 acres of land in a region of Maine that is under increasing pressure from the real estate market.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Images

Another person with COVID-19 has died, a man in his 80s from Somerset County. This brings the state's total number of deaths related to the novel coronavirus to 139. 

Courtesy Maine College of Art

It's been a turbulent year of protests and outrage over persistent issues surrounding racism. The city of South Portland this week took an uncommon step and voted to create a municipal Human Rights Commission that is thought to be the first in the state. Margaret Brownlee is diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Maine College of Art who helped shape the commission in South Portland. Brownlee talked about the initiative with Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell.

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