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

DEXTER, Maine (AP) _ A police dispatcher says a plane has crashed in the central Maine town of Dexter.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

MILLINOCKET, Maine - The Millinocket fire horn will sound once again, as it has for decades, twice a day, every day. The sudden absence of the daily blasts has had residents up in arms for more than two weeks, to the surprise and dismay of the town's governing body, which decided in council action Thursday night to restore the tradition immediately.

(BELFAST, Maine) A Maine farming advocacy and preservation organization is creating a disaster relief fund for the first time. "It's the kind of thing we should have been doing all along." says John Piotti, who heads  Maine Farmland Trust. Piotti says the group was spurred into action following  a freak storm in July which caused over $60,000 dollars in damage to Misty Brook Farm in Albion. The farm was pelted with golf ball sized hail, roofs were torn off three structures by 70 mph winds,  and almost 80 chickens were killed.

Caroline Losneck

(PORTLAND, ME) About 45 people gathered at the Portland Planned Parenthood in downtown Portland on Saturday morning to participate in what organizers say was a day of national protests at Planned Parenthood clinics.

Nick Woodward / MPBN

MILLINOCKET, Maine - In Millinocket last night - for the third night in a row - a group of residents angry over the silencing of the town's fire horn flouted noise ordinances by honking their car horns in protest.

For decades, Millinocket's fire horn has sounded twice a day, providing messages about school closures, fires and other events to the town via a sort of code, says protest co-organizer Dawn Boyington. "There was one complaint brought to the town manager and he decided that was enough to shut it down, without concern to any of us."