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.

Ways to Connect

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.

Illinois National Guard via AP

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

The CAT ferry was meant to commence sailings between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Bar Harbor, after a year of construction delays.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP

BAR HARBOR, Maine — In another blow to the Down East tourism industry, the CAT ferry service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, will not be happening this year, making for a second year of delays for the service that has yet to transport any passengers.

Bath Iron Works has confirmed that another employee at the shipyard has recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

A technician with CN Brown has been fined, reprimanded, and had his license suspended for his part in a chain of events that led to the deadly September 2019 explosion at the nonprofit LEAP office in Farmington.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public File

The Maine Center for Disease Control Wednesday reported 23 additional cases of COVID-19 and one more death in the state, as the Mills administration released "prevention checklists" for businesses that will be allowed to reopen July 1.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Workers with Bath Iron Works (BIW) largest union walked off the job early Monday morning, just one minute after its current contract with the company expired at midnight on Sunday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control reported 19 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, for total cumulative case number of 2,957. No new COVID-related deaths were recorded. That number still stands at 102.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public File

Thousands of Mainers have reported problems in trying to obtain unemployment. Thousands of other Mainers have had unemployment claims fraudulently filed without their knowledge since late May. The pandemic caused a sudden spike not just in real claims, but in fraud as well.

Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell talked about these issues with Kim Smith, the deputy commissioner for the Maine Department of Labor.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Mainers Friday are observing Juneteenth, a date that has come to signify and commemorate an end to slavery in the United States.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public File

Molly Neptune Parker, a Passamaquoddy elder and master basketmaker, died Friday at the age of 81.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Contract talks between Bath Iron Works (BIW) and the Machinists' Union Local S6 have broken down.

The union, which represents about 4,300 workers at the shipyard, was presented Saturday with what the company said would be its "last, best, and final" contract offer. Local S6 posted Saturday on its Facebook page that the union unanimously rejects the offer.

The sheriff of Hancock County is requesting to purchase some riot gear for the department.

Senior advocates, including one from Maine, told a U.S. Senate committee chaired by Sen. Susan Collins that COVID-19 has sharpened the focus on the needs of elders.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public File

The Maine Department of Corrections plans to purchase surplus restaurant supplies from businesses in Androscoggin, Cumberland and York counties.