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 joint Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services heard several hours of testimony Wednesday on a packet of bills designed to give Mainers more options in obtaining affordable prescription drugs.

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U.S. News and World Report has listed Portland as one of the 25 best places to live in the United States.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

A Maine State Police Detective was killed Wednesday morning on I-95 southbound as he stood outside his police SUV in the breakdown lane. Detective Ben Campbell's death is being described as a bizarre, unfortunate and untimely accident.

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With college graduation just weeks away, newly minted professionals across the country will be having meals with prospective employers or attending company meet-and-greets. Do you know where your fish fork is? How about your dessert fork, seafood fork and salad fork? One college in Bangor is determined that its grads are prepared for these kinds of social situations.

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Staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission last night recommended approval of Central Maine Power’s proposal to build a 145-mile transmission line through western Maine.

It’s not a final decision, but, nonetheless, a boost for the project and a blow to its opponents. Maine Public’s Fred Bever joined Jennifer Mitchell on Morning Edition for a first look at the latest development around the controversial plan.

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Do you ever wonder what farmers are doing when it's 20 degrees below zero and the snow is as high as an elephant's eye?

Maine State Police detectives have made an arrest in Friday morning's shooting in Swanville.

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While some details surrounding Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument are still not settled, independent Sen. Angus King says the existence of the 87,000-acre preserve no longer seems to be in doubt.

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Rural Maine could be making $5.6 billion in rural tourist dollars by 2030, if visitor experiences across its interior "woods region" are improved.

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Doctors in Maine have made the sharpest reductions in the country in the amount of fentanyl they prescribe. Fentanyl prescriptions from Maine physicians fell by almost 31 percent between 2016 and 2017. That's according to a study from the University of New England, Husson University and Pennsylvania's Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

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After years of contentious debate, votes, policy reversals, and almost 100 years of tradition, Skowhegan High School will no longer be allowed to use the name "Indians" as its mascot.

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As several bills to control prescription drug prices make their way through Congress, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is chairing a two-day hearing on the issue.

Jennifer Mitchell/ Maine Public

The controversy over Skowhegan High School's use of the name "Indians" continued Thursday night as both sides presented what might be their last chance for public testimony before the MSAD 54 school board takes action.

A proposal to require voters to show identification at the ballot box drew opposition at a public hearing Wednesday. But unlike in years past, participation was fairly sparse, and speakers, like Sue Hawes, seemed weary of the issue.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Abortion services providers in Maine say they are dismayed by a new rule released by the Trump administration Friday.

Saturday, Maine Family Planning announced that it will seek a preliminary injunction to prevent the rule from going into effect.