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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BEAVER COVE, Maine_ Maine State police are trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding the death of a 32 year old Greenville man. Detectives were called to a cabin off Burnt Jacket Rd, near Beaver Cove Saturday night and discovered George Woodbury III dead.

 BRUNSWICK, Maine _ The Brunswick police officer arrested last week and charged,  after allegedly sending sexually explicit photos of himself to a 13 year old girl online, has resigned from the department. 

Acadia National Park/ Nat'l Park Service

BAR HARBOR, Maine_  A Maine-based entrepreneur and philanthropist is giving $1 million dollars to strengthen science programs at America's national parks, with the pilot project focused on Acadia and its Schoodic Institute.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine trade experts have been anticipating the outcome of the so-called Brexit referendum for weeks. On Friday, the world woke up to the news that UK citizens had opted to leave the European Union.
"I think this took everyone by surprise. All of the companies that I've been talking to in the UK were pretty confident that there was not going to be an exit," says Janine Cary, president of the Maine International Trade Center.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine drug enforcement agents have taken five people into custody for the alleged manufacture and sale of methamphetamine at a Hancock County mobile home park.

And when Department of Environmental Protection officials finish up there, they'll be heading north to Patten to dismantle another lab.

"This has been, so far - and it's only Wednesday- a very, very active week for our MDEA agents," says Maine
Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine's largest coalition of labor organizations will gather for a political convention this week. Maine AFL-CIO Executive Director Matt Schlobohm says his group sees the convention as necessary - beyond the standard partisan political conventions - to highlight labor concerns.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine 2nd District Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin is planning a town meeting next week focused on drug addiction.

Poliquin says the meeting will provide prevention and intervention strategies, and other information about addiction, support and recovery.

The Penobscot County Sheriff's office will also be on hand to perform a drug take-back, where people can dispose of unwanted medications.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine has more low-wage earners than any other state in the Northeast. That's according to a study by the nonprofit poverty-relief group Oxfam.

"'So 32 percent of Maine workers are currently paid less than $12 an hour," says Mike Tipping, of the Maine People's Alliance, a progressive advocacy group.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A number of Maine state parks and recreational areas will be free on Fathers' Day. Technically, it's Maine Residents' Day at the Bureau of Parks and Lands. 

Caroline Losneck

PORTLAND, Maine - About 3,000 revelers gathered for the Portland Pride parade Saturday, near Monument Square in Maine's largest city, one week after a mass shooting in a gay club in Orlando, Florida claimed the lives of 49 people and injured dozens of others. 

PORTLAND, Maine  _ The annual Pride Festival in Maine's largest city is coming to its climax with a noontime parade from Monument Square to Deering Oaks Park, and a final weekend of festivities. 

For the first time, wildlife officials in Maine are trapping and collaring great blue herons in an effort to determine why their numbers seem to be falling in certain areas of the state.

Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, says the department is being assisted by visiting bird experts as well as a number of Maine students in grades 1 through 12.

For the last month, students have been catching fish and setting up bait bins to lure the birds.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine's only all-girls high school, The Catherine McAuley School, in Portland, will become an independent entity as of July 1. Along with that comes a new name.

"We will now be known as the Maine Girls' Academy," says Head of School Kathryn Barr.

Barr says it's a new era for the nearly 50-year-old institution that recently separated from the Catholic Sisters of Mercy, which had sponsored the institution since its beginnings in 1969.

BANGOR, MAINE - Maine independent Sen. Angus King introduced legislation today to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

"And we're concerned about it in Maine as we are in the rest of the country," King said. "Maine has a history of dealing with insect-borne diseases we have been dealing, unfortunately, with Lyme disease for decades."

King says the U.S. is woefully unprepared to deal with a serious insect-borne epidemic such as Zika.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine's elver harvest has ended, valued at more than $13 million. The season that ended today netted the third highest value in the history of the fishery.

"We came very close to reaching the overall state quota within just a few hundred pounds," says Jeff Nichols, of Maine's Department of Marine Resources.

Nichols says fishermen left just 358 pounds in the water.  That's in stark contrast to the year before, where thousands of pounds went unharvested.