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.


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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Coral display
4:56 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Gulf of Maine Coral Formations Dazzle Scientists

Pollack and herring swim past newly discovered Primnoa coral in the Schoodic Ridges of the Gulf of Maine earlier this summer.
Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team 2014/NURTEC-UCONN, NOAA Fisheries, UMAINE

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine - When you think of colorful, underwater displays of orange and pink coral, your mind probably goes to warm, sunny places like Australia or Hawaii. But this summer, a team of New England researchers discovered massive coral gardens off the coast of Mount Desert Island. It's part of a coral mapping project by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Jennifer Mitchell talks with Rhian Waller, a marine scientist at the University of Maine, about the discovery.

View a video of the coral formations, shot by the Kraken 2.

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Data Breach
11:05 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Home Depot Breach Puts Mainers' Data at Risk

As officials with Home Depot scramble to find out what happened following a massive data breach which likely came from their nationwide chain of DIY stores, the Portland Press Herald is reporting that some 52,000 Maine-based card numbers have been put up for sale in Russia as part of that data theft.

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7:54 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Bill Clinton Stumps for Mike Michaud in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine — Former President Bill Clinton says Democrat Mike Michaud is what Maine needs in a governor to bring people together, contrasting the Democratic hopeful's style with that of incumbent Gov. Paul LePage.

"Ideology gets in your way and makes you do dumb things," Clinton said of LePage.

Before a Portland crowd of about 1,600 last night, Clinton painted Republican LePage as a divisive figure who has chosen conflict over cooperation.

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11:42 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Police Searching for Missing Oxford County Girl

Credit Maine State Police photo

Maine State Police are searching for a teen who has been missing since Saturday morning.

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