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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In this turbulent political year, we’ve been exploring the stories of immigrants and their families in Maine. Today, we take you to Lewiston, where a community of African migrants is writing a new chapter in the story of Maine by breathing new life into old farmland.

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BANGOR, Maine — Fittingly enough for a gathering to call for clean water, a thunderstorm and a long heavy downpour didn't deter a couple hundred people from gathering on the shores of the Penobscot River Sunday to protest the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

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One of the volatile political topics of 2016, not just in America but in Europe as well, is that of immigration and resettlement. Here at home, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has put Mexico at the center of his rhetoric, proposing a Berlin-style wall along the southern U.S. border.

GRAY, Maine - The National Weather Service is warning residents of coastal Maine and New Hampshire of potentially high surf, winds, and dangerous currents as the remnants of hurricane Hermine track northward up the eastern seaboard.

PROSPECT, Maine -  Maine State Police say speed is likely to blame for a single vehicle crash on a local road in Prospect, which killed two men and sent a third to the hospital.

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September means one thing for most kids in Maine: an end to summer holidays and the start of classes. But for some, the school year isn’t that straightforward, because their parents chase the seasons from Texas to Maine, harvesting vegetables, picking apples and raking blueberries.

PORTLAND, Maine _ A Maine company has pleaded guilty to illegally importing Canadian sea urchins into the state. ISF Trading Company of Portland acknowledged in federal court that it violated the law when it imported 48,000 pounds  of the urchins, worth some $173,000 dollars. 

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is applauding a new rule being proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation that would equip large vehicles, such as trucks and buses, with speed-limiting devices to cap the speed at which they can travel.

The Department’s proposal would require all newly manufactured vehicles with a gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds to come equipped with the speed-limiting devices.

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The summer has been a dry one for some areas of the state, particularly in the southwest, which has experienced a severe drought this year.

It’s been a big week for the Katahdin Region, with news that the area would be home to one of the nation’s newest national monuments. It’s also home to one of the nation’s newest marathons.

John Hough, is race director for the Bay of Fundy International Marathon, is in town with other race organizers to plot the course for the newly minted Millinocket Marathon.

John Hough (l.), Gary Allen (c.) and Jesse Dumais discussing the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument at the Appalachian Trail Cafe.
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Predictably, reactions have been mixed in Millinocket and neighboring East Millinocket, the towns involved in the monument debate over the past several years.

It’s been the big topic of conversation at Millinocket’s Appalachian Trail café for some time. A gathering place for both locals and through hikers, folks were deep in discussion about the potential for a monument over coffee and eggs Wednesday morning. And then:

STANDISH, Maine _ A Standish man is dead and his wife is in the hospital with serious, life threatening injuries, following a motor vehicle crash late Saturday night.

Courtesy of Westbrook Police Dept

WESTBROOK, Maine _ Westbrook Police say they they've documented a very large snake skin, apparently shed in Riverbank Park, along the banks of the Presumpscot River.

MEXICO, Maine (AP) - The Maine State Fire Marshal's office says one man has died and another has been injured after a fire at their home in downtown Mexico.

BANGOR, Maine - State wildlife officials today adopted a framework of new rules governing the ownership and keeping of wildlife species in Maine. But the process is not quite over.

The rules include a revamping of the requirements to keep certain animals, and which animals will be allowed. 

Among changes are increased fines for violations, changes to the permitting process, and the empowerment of third-parties to inspect wildlife facilities.