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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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.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting four new deaths of patients who had COVID-19, and an additional 56 cases in the state.

A rare spring heatwave is causing record high temperatures and dry conditions across Northern Maine, just a couple of weeks after the last snows.

Jennifer Mitchell

Bare spots on store shelves serve as a reminder that this has not been an ordinary year. While there is plenty of meat being produced by farmers, they have had trouble getting their meat processed due to outbreaks of COVID-19 at processing plants.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

About 60 percent of the potatoes produced in Maine and around the country are grown to supply the food service industries. But with everything from school cafeterias to sports concessions to in-flight meals canceled, potato farmers are facing uncertain times in what is already an uncertain business. And many say that they are discouraged by what they are being offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a federal aid package.

BANGOR, Maine - A church in Orrington says it has filed an appeal after its federal suit challenging the constitutionality of the state's temporary ban on in-person church gatherings during the pandemic was rejected.

The Calvary Chapel in Orrington and its pastor, Ken Graves, had sought an order that would allow their church to congregate as usual, inside their building, this weekend.

They were also seeking an injunction lifting such restrictions for all houses of worship going forward.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

Following months of record low unemployment, the country is now facing unprecedented jobless numbers. It's part of the economic fallout from COVID-19. It's been a rough year for college seniors who, until a couple of months ago, were on track to enter a swift job market.

Colby College in Waterville is taking the rather sizable task of finding each of its graduates a job. Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell talked about this with Colby College President David Greene. 

School buildings in Maine are closed through at the least the end of the academic year, classes have moved online and families are trying to teach their kids at home — with mixed results. What happens over the summer and even into next fall is also still in question.

Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe

Restaurants were some of the first businesses closed due to COVID-19, and the timing couldn't have been worse for Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe in Brunswick. The cafe was in the middle of a building project and trying to move to a new location when the town issued its stay-at-home order.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public File

It was supposed to be a great year for Maine potatoes. Last year's harvest was strong, and this year should have seen about 3,000 new acres brought into production, but the sudden arrival of COVID-19 has changed all that.