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.


10:54 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Knife-Wielding Man Shot to Death by State Police in Chester

Maine State Police say they shot and killed a knife-wielding man in the small Penobscot County town of Chester. 

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9:51 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Maine School Gardens Open

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine schools are showing off their educational gardens this weekend.

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Hunters for the Hungry
4:14 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Maine 'Hunters for the Hungry' Program Seeking Meat Donations

With the initial session of this year's hunt coming to a close tomorrow, state officials are making another plea for hunters to donate a portion of the meat they bag. The Hunters for the Hungry program collects moose, bear, and deer meat for soup kitchens around the state.

Jason Hall, who runs the program says that even a half or quarter of a moose can feed a whole soup kitchen full of people. "you know, everyone working together from the donation to the end product is very important," he says.

8:08 am
Sun September 21, 2014

600 Mainers Heading for New York Climate Rally

More than 600 Mainers departed early Sunday morning on eleven chartered buses bound for  a massive environmental rally in New York City.

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8:34 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Michaud Responds: Dirty Politics to Blame for Video Flap

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud is blaming  political tactics for the blow up over a controversial video that appeared on the Bangor Daily News website this week.

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Hard cider production
4:52 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

In Wake of Maine's Craft Beer Explosion, There's a New Beverage on Tap: Hard Cider

Apples growing at Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner.
Credit Nick Woodward / MPBN

The last three decades have seen a meteoric rise for the nation's micro-brewing industry:  More than 15 million barrels of craft beer were produced last year, a growth of 10 percent over the year before. But now, there's a new beverage on tap: hard cider. Maine apple producers and beer enthusiasts say it could be Maine's next big thing.


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Hope Elephants
2:48 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Elephants Moved from Maine Doing Well in Oklahoma

HUGO, Okla. - Rosie and Opal, the retired circus elephants who had come to Hope, Maine, are settling back into their old home in Hugo, Oklahoma, following the tragic accident that led to the death of their Maine caretaker, Jim Laurita.

Sjonna Paulson, a spokesperson for the Endangered Ark Foundation in Oklahoma, says the elephants are doing well, and were greeted with a treat of fruit and vegetables when they arrived. The pair were also able to reunite with members of their old herd.

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9:21 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Greene Invested as President of Colby College

David Greene was installed as Colby College President at a ceremony Saturday.
Credit Colby College

Colby College in Waterville has inaugurated a former University of Chicago administrator to serve as its 20th president.

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8:33 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Maine Grouse Study Underway

Research technician, Brad Eden, handles a trapped grouse. The bird will be tagged and tracked for a year.
Credit Erik Blomberg

Maine State wildlife biologists and University of Maine researchers are embarking on a three-year project to study one of the state's popular forest dwelling birds, the ruffed grouse.

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8:05 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Maine Research Group to Study How Birds and Bats Avoid Wind Turbines

Wind turbines at Mars Hill, Maine.
Credit First Wind

A Maine wildlife science research center is receiving $1.1 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to help answer some of the unknowns about wind power development.

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