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

Kevin Bennett

BUCKSPORT, Maine - Firetrucks, police cars and hundreds of people gathered in Bucksport to show their support for Verso Paper mill workers coming off their final shift at the soon-to-be-shuttered facility.

Jennifer Mitchell

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine - The average age of a farmer in the U.S. is 58.3 - a number that's been steadily ticking upward for more than 30 years.

In the final year of required SAT testing, Maine high school students showed some improvements in math, writing and science scores. But Maine Department of Education officials are not exactly celebrating.

"We're concerned that less than half of students are performing at grade level, and that many of them will still graduate anyway," says Samantha Warren, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Education.

A Maine non-profit partnership between Cooperative Extension, Goodwill, and Alpha One, which assists farmers with disabilities, has received a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Maine AgrAbility Project provides no-cost aid to those facing physical challenges in an industry that requires an "able body."

"Be it age or vision or hearing, mobility, there's a lot of simple fixes - low cost fixes - to help people keep working," says program coordinator Lani Carlson.

Highs winds, freezing spray and the first winter storm of the season are making it more difficult for rescuers to find two people missing from a fishing vessel. 

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