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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Politics
12:07 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Collins Supports Temporary Highway Trust Fund Fix

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, ranking member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, says it's not a permanent fix, but approves that the Senate has passed a temporary extension of the Highway Trust Fund.

The extension would keep federal highway money flowing to states into mid-December, but the Senate stripped out a House funding provision that would have kept the program solvent through May — a move the House has vowed to counter.

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Maine
10:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Maine Leaves the Barn Door Open

Milk cows at Balfour Farm in Pittsfield, one of more than 80 farms participating in Maine Open Farm Day.
Credit Jennifer Mitchell

One of Maine's fastest growing industries is on display today.

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Maine
8:54 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Western Wildfires Make Maine Skies Milky

Smoke from wildfires burning hundreds of miles to the west have made for a hazy weekend across northern New England and into Maine.

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Sentry dogs
5:34 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Maine Teen Seeks to Honor Dogs Who Died Defending the Nation

David Cyr, who is leading the effort to restore the sentry dog cemetery in Limestone.
Credit Nick Woodward

Dogs have long been used in warfare, providing help in active duty combat and rescue operations. Today, they often live out the rest of their lives as part of a family. But back in the 1960's, that wasn't allowed. Sentry dogs who defended America's Strategic Air Command centers and patrolled combat zones in Vietnam, died on the battlefield or were eventually put down. Efforts are now underway in Limestone to reclaim an abandoned cemetery dedicated to these special service animals.

 

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Maine
7:46 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Maine Baseball Coach John Winkin Dies at 94

Legendary Maine college baseball coach John Winkin has died.

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Maine
11:14 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Fairpoint Workers Authorize Strike

Union members at Fairpoint Communications say they're in favor of striking if contract negotiations with the company cannot be reached by the  August deadline.

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Beef regulations
4:59 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Maine Beef Processors Keeping Close Eye on Proposed New Federal Regulations

Cattle that will eventually be slaughtered.
Credit Nick Woodward

Ground beef has been the subject of several high-profile outbreaks of food-borne illness in recent years, as well as product recalls. But tracing the source of such an outbreak is often challenging for investigators. Now, the USDA is proposing new rules for ground beef processors.  What's still unclear is how the rules might affect small processors.

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Mercury emissions
5:02 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Maine Environmentalists Blast Relaxed Mercury Emissions Rules for Thomaston Cement Plant

Environmentalists say they're disappointed with a Board of Environmental Protection vote today which relaxes mercury emissions rules for the Dragon Cement plant in Thomaston.

"It's the largest single source of mercury pollution in Maine - by a considerable amount," says Dylan Voorhees, the clean energy director with Natural Resources Council of Maine.

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Maine Potato King
5:54 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Remembering The Maine Potato King

If you bought yourself a Chrysler in Fort Kent during the 20th century, chances are it was an Etscovitz who sold it to you.  While northern Maine is well known for its Acadian families, perhaps less has been said about the influx of Jewish immigrants who helped shape the area for more than a century.

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Maine
7:25 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Gray Man Killed in Plane Crash

A 52 year old pilot was killed when his plane crashed shortly after take off from the airport in the York County town of Limington Saturday afternoon.

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