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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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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Maine
8:42 am
Sat July 12, 2014

State Failed To Work With Tribe In Marine Fish Laws, Says Report

A commission of state and tribal representatives has found that the state of Maine did not always follow prescribed processes in its dealings with the Passamaquoddy tribe and its use of marine resources.

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Gay blood drive
4:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Donors Turn out in Portland for Gay Blood Drive Event

Gay and bisexual men, and their friends, turned out today to participate in a National Gay Blood Drive event at the American Red Cross donation center in Portland.

Michael Quint, a local organizer of the Gay Blood Drive event, says gay men were only able to donate blood at today's blood drive by proxy - meaning each person had to have a non-gay friend, or a woman, give the blood on their behalf. The ban does not extend to gay women.

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Wage hike
3:58 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Rockport Hospital Raises Minimum Salary

Knox County's largest employer says it is raising its minimum salary from $8.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Pen Bay Healthcare Chief Operating Officer, Erik Frederick says the Rockport hospital's wage hike is part of an overall review of hospital salaries. Frederick says more positions will be receiving a salary increase in the next fiscal year, but he says the facility decided to fast track the increases for its lowest paid employees.

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Moose collisions
6:02 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Moose Collisions Down in Maine, Despite Recent Crashes

Moose on a back road in Maine.
Credit Courtesy: State of Maine

With several horrific moose-related road crashes recently, experts are warning motorists that moose are still out on Maine roadways  later than usual. And they pick times when they're difficult to see. But despite the rash of serious accidents, there appears to be some good news.

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