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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AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of a proposal to establish a new national park east of Baxter State park say their cause is gaining steam after a group of 200 business owners fired off a letter to Maine's Congressional Delegation this week.

The letter cites the jobs and economic benefits such a park could bring to an area of the state that's suffered from a lack of jobs since the region's paper industry folded.

AUGUSTA, Maine_ There's a better place for all those eggshells, coffee grounds, and muffin stumps. That's the gist of a bill before the legislature that seeks to encourage the composting or transformation of organic waste, instead of having those items chucked into the bin.

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 DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine _More than 100 sugar houses in Maine are open for the state's unofficial start of spring: Maine Maple Sunday. But the trees are only grudgingly giving up their gold.

AUGUSTA, Maine_ Just a few weeks before Portland's single-use packaging ordinance goes into effect, the state is considering its own crackdown  on plastic shopping bags.  A trio of bills before the legislature would impose a 5 cent fee on each lightweight plastic shopping bag requested at the store.

AUGUSTA, Maine_ Maine's minimum wage is back on the table in Augusta. On Monday, law makers will hear public testimony on a packet of bills which seek to hike the state's lowest wage. One bill would increase the minimum by 50 cents to $8 per hour, while another would hike the wage up to $12 per hour.