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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You may have heard it said that just about every third bite of food you take was made possible by a bee. Bees are required in the production of everything from apples to zucchini, and even important cattle feeds such as alfalfa require bees for pollination.

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Residents in Limestone are marking the 25th anniversary of the closure of Loring Air Force Base.

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For many, the great American road trip would not be complete without camping and hiking in some of the most beautiful spots on earth. According to the Department of the Interior, more than 330 million people will visit a national park this year — and a lot of them will be driving.

But as visitors rush to get away from it all, they're bringing with them some problems from the big city. And at Maine’s own Acadia National Park, gridlock is becoming a regular problem.

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Environmental groups are pushing for a statewide ban of the neonicotinoid class of pesticides, which they say is harmful to bees.

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Advocates for people experiencing homelessness are taking precautions as a heat wave is predicted to hit the state this weekend.

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As motorists stack up at Maine's century-old Acadia National Park, visitorship to the state's fledgling Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument - just turning three - is nowhere near as fierce, but it's growing.

This story is part of Maine Public’s Deep Dive on child care. To see the rest of the series, visit

Maine Public’s Deep Dive: Childcare in Maine is made possible, in part, by the John T. Gorman Foundation and United Way's Women United.

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Poor maintenance, significant wear on key mechanical parts and an improper inspection were factors in an accident on I-95 in Hampden, which claimed the life of a state trooper. That is according to an investigation led by the Maine State Police.

The Senate Special Committee on Aging Wednesday heard about developments in technology and assistive devices to help older Americans live independently.

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The wedding industry is a multi-million dollar economic driver in Maine, according to a new economic analysis conducted by the University of Southern Maine.

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If you are like many people of a certain age, you might view video gaming as little more than brain-numbing escapism, and as time better spent outdoors, in nature or playing sports. 

Two lobstermen and two crew members have been arraigned for allegedly cutting dozens of lobster traps last fall.

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Rain and snow-melt are creating flood spots around the state Sunday morning, especially throughout Northern Maine.

A bill mandating employers to provide paid parental leave will get a public hearing Friday alongside House Speaker Sara Gideon's more comprehensive LD 1410, which would create a family and medical leave benefit program through the Department of Labor.

Maine's population increased last year, rising to 1,338,404 inhabitants — a gain of more than 3,300 people from 2017. The gain, however, does not appear to come from a baby boom, as the state's death rate continues to outpace its births.