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

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

Mainers are using the internet at what some experts are calling unprecedented levels - working, trying to attend school, and amusing themselves at home - all in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But is Maine actually prepared for its population to live life online?

Julia Bayly / Bangor Daily News/file

Towns along the U-S Canadian border will likely see some economic challenges after leaders of the two nations agreed to close the border in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

One major protocol outlined by health officials in the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing. But that, coupled with travel restrictions around the world, has led to what some are calling an unprecedented number of event cancellations — from corporate meetings to international concert tours. And it's hard times ahead for a number of industries that count on those gatherings.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Agriculture in the United States is responsible for an estimated 8 to 9 percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, but it's also one of the industries most at the mercy of climate. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is putting those two concepts together in her Agriculture Resilience Act, calling for American agriculture to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years.

Maine Public’s Jennifer Mitchell about the effort with Congresswoman and farmer Chellie Pingree.

WATERVILLE, Maine - Maine State Police and investigators in Waterville say the shooting incident which left a seven-year old child injured Friday afternoon was, apparently, a drive-by shooting.

The child had recently returned home from school and was struck from inside her family's second floor apartment on the corner of Gold and Summer Streets Friday afternoon.

"Someone shot — most likely from a vehicle — shot inside the home and struck this little girl as she was playing inside her bedroom," Maine Public Safety Spokesperson Steven McCausland said on Saturday.

Freeman Dyson, renowned scientist and scholar, has died at 96, according to his daughter Mia.

Real estate sales for January 2020 are the highest they have been in 20 years, according to the Maine Association of Realtors.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Sharon Kennedy was sentenced to 48 years in prison on Friday for the murder of her daughter — in a case that helped lead to an overhaul of the state's child welfare system.

Civil rights advocates are calling on Concord Coachlines to stop allowing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to screen and question passengers without probable cause.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press

A bill making its way through the Maine Legislature seeks to restrict - or limit - the use of four specific pesticides, all belonging to a class known as neonicotinoids, which are considered threats to honey bees and other pollinators.

Toby Talbot / AP File

Some 4500 rural homes and 215 businesses will soon have internet connections as part of a pilot USDA Rural Development project.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research / via Associated Press/file

A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama acted within his authority when he created the country’s first Atlantic marine monument off the coast of New England in 2016.

This month reporter Lindsay Tice of the Lewiston Sun Journal wrote about a nursing home in Lewiston that’s on a federal list of problem facilities. Complaints about Marshwood Center in Lewiston allege that patients have suffered from maggot-infested wounds, have been left in beds soiled with urine and feces and sometimes go without food for 14 hours.

Keith Srakocic / Associated Press file

The end of the year is not far away now and, with it, the tax year for most folks comes to an end. You might notice the surge of appeals from charities asking you for your donation. And like many folks, you might still be confused over how to handle donations on your taxes.

As college students await - and perhaps dread - the results of their semester final exams, the University of Maine System is launching what it hopes will serve as a lifeboat for some students who have had academic trouble this semester.