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.

Ways To Connect

Join us for the next Maine Calling on Wednesday, November 26, when we discuss Roxana Robinson's novel "Sparta" about a veteran returning from the war in Iraq and the challenges he faces at home.

Guests:  Rich Brewer/Founder, OneWarriorWon

Good news stories and people to be thankful for. Guests:  Alex Steed, founder of Knack Factory and blogger for the Bangor Daily News  Sandy Albert, Director of Housing and Energy Services at Community Concepts, a nonprofit that has served Androscoggin and Oxford Counties since 1965Cullen Ryan, Executive Director, Community Housing of Maine

We discuss a new study that found that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services helps enhance both the quality of life through the end of life and creates a more sustainable care system, but first, we need to become more comfortable talking about death and dying Guests:  Kandyce Powell, who is the executive director of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care  Dr. James VanKirk, a palliative care specialist with Eastern Maine Healthcare

How the teenage brain develops and why the behavior of teenagers isn't always so crazy.

Guests:  Dr. David Marks is a clinical neuropsychologist in practice in Portland. He is the team neuropsychologist for the Portland Pirates  hockey team and the consulting neuropsychologist for the Dept. Of Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center.
  Dr. Benjamin Grasso, Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Mercy Hospital.

 Joyce Nadeau, LCSW, LADC - Social Worker, Cape Elizabeth High Schooll.

Helping doctors and patients in Maine make wiser decisions about medical care -- together. A new initiative encourages people to ask the right questions about their own health care choices  to save on unnecessary procedures, medicines – and costs.

Guests:  Dr. John Yindra, Chief Medical Officer for Maine Community Health Options 

•        Dr. Rebecca Chagrasulis, Emergency physician and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway

•         Dr. Lisa Ryan, pediatrician with Bridgton Hospital; representing Maine Quality Counts