Jennifer Rooks

Public Affairs Host & Producer

Jennifer joined MPBN in June of 2007 after spending more than 13 years at WCSH-TV in Portland and its sister station, WLBZ-TV in Bangor, where she worked as a general assignment reporter and weekend news anchor. Since 1994, Jennifer has covered a broad number of Maine issues in every corner of the state. She has twice won an Edward R. Murrow award: in 1998, for coverage of Maine National Guard and Reserve soldiers deployed in Bosnia and Hungary, and in 2003, for the documentary “Citizen King,” about independent Governor (and former Maine Watch host) Angus King.

Jennifer grew up outside Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia, and her Master’s in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. She worked at television stations in San Francisco and Monterey, California, before coming to Maine. She and her husband Mike have two children.


1:56 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

A Your Vote 2014 Interview with Blaine Richardson


Blaine Richardson is a Navy veteran and small business owner.  He explains why he's running as an indepdent for Maine's 2nd District Congressional Seat. 

Guest:  Blaine Richardson, independent candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

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Maine Calling
1:59 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

A Your Vote 2014 Interview with Mike Michaud

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The latest in our series of Your Vote 2014 conversations with the candidates.  On this program, Congressman Mike Michaud, Democratic candidate for Governor, discusses what his priorities would be as Governor and answers questions posed by listeners.

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Your Vote 2014
4:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Maine Political Parties Battle for Women Voters

Gov Paul LePage hugs a supporter at an event in Scarborough Friday.
Credit Jennifer Rooks / MPBN

The race for the governor is increasingly focusing on the women's vote. Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood released an ad in support of Democrat Mike Michaud and criticizing Republican Gov. Paul LePage. On Friday, Gov. LePage appeared with female supporters at an event in Scarborough, where he was asked about his record on women's issues. The governor himself could not recall a key vote on family planning.

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9:51 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Maine Calling Book Club - "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout


Join us for a discussion of Elizabeth Strout's award-winning book "Olive Kitteridge."  It's a series of intertwining short stories set in a fictional coastal Maine town.  An HBO mini-series based on the book premiers later this fall. 

Guests:  Mary Pols, Feature writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Today, not entirely reformed movie/book critic, author of 'Accidentally on Purpose.'

Susan M. Preece, Director, Topsham Public Library

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10:43 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Tech Time


  Answers to your tech questions - be they Mac vs. PC, Android vs. Apple, how to set up a wi-fi network, or which tablet is right for you.

Guests:  Jared Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology   

Andrew Rosenstein, Founder of TechPort

Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

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1:24 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

A Your Vote 2014 Interview with Shenna Bellows


A Your Vote twenty-fourteen interview with U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows.  Join host Jennifer Rooks and the former Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union for a conversation about why she's running for the Senate and learn about the issues she believes are most important to Maine and the nation. 

Guest: Shenna Bellows - Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate

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12:34 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Apples, Apples & More Apples!

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We're talking all things apple on Monday's show.  What's your favorite apple?  Apple recipe?


RENAE MORAN, Ph.D.. Tree Fruit Researchers and Professor at the Universityof Maine. 


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USM protest
12:54 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

USM Students, Faculty Protest Meeting Move

USM student Meaghan LaSala speaks out against a decision to move a UMaine System board of trustees meeting to Fort Kent.
Credit Jennifer Rooks / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - About 40 students and faculty from the University of Southern Maine gathered this morning to speak out against the decision by the UMaine System's board of trustees to move its next meeting.

They are upset that the Sept. 22 meeting has been moved to UMaine Fort Kent, instead of Portland, where the meeting was originally scheduled. On the meeting's agenda is a proposal to eliminate three academic programs at USM.

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10:01 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Security and Surveillance Post 9/11


National security measures are dramatically different today than just 13 years ago.  There's more coordination among law enforcement agencies, but also more questions about civil rights in the face of internet surveillance, use of drones and other developments.  How do we protect against terrorism and cyberseucrity threats without giving up our constitutional rights? 

Guests:  Ed Sihler, Technical Director, USM Cybersecurity Cluster

Major Chris Grotton, Maine State Police, who oversees the MIAC, Maine Information and Analysis Center

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Fire investigation
4:54 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Investigators: Scarborough Fire Accidental

Scarborough Fire Chief Michael Thurlow, left, and Sgt. Tim York, of the state Fire Marshal's Office.
Credit Jennifer Rooks / MPBN

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office say a major fire on Route One in Scarborough last night was accidental. The fire broke out in the Scarborough Commons business complex just after seven.

Sergeant Tim York, from the state Fire Marshal's Office, says he has completed his investigation and concluded that the fire started in the ceiling of a chiropractor's treatment room.

"We're not being very specific, other than to say it was an electrical malfunction in the void space above Unit 7 in that area," York said at a news conference this afternoon.

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