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.

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Maine
2:39 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Maine Calling Book Club: "Augusta Gale" by Barbara Walsh

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This month the discussion takes up Barbara Walsh's memoir "August Gale - A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm." It reads like fiction and tells the story of a fisherman fighting an unforgiving sea, a father who abandons his son, family secrets and reconciliation.

GUESTS: Jon Keller, author of the novel "Of Sea and Cloud." He's worked on lobster boats and now works as a clam digger.

Linda Oliver, Head of Reference at the Bangor Public Library

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Casco Bay study
5:42 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Maine Scientists Launch Long-Term Study of Marine Life in Casco Bay

Scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland are trying to better understand how the ecosystem of Casco Bay is changing. This summer, they launched a comprehensive survey of marine life in the bay that will unfold over the next 10 years. MPBN's Jennifer Rooks caught up with some of the researchers.

 

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Maine
3:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The Changing Ocean Ecosystem

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What lurks beneath the waves off our shores?  Take part in a conversation about the changing ocean ecosystem.  Learn about the creatures great and small that thrive - and struggle - in the Gulf of Maine.  And hear suggestions about how to discover and help this often overlooked, but vital, environment.

 

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Maine
1:39 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

De-Stress!

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How many of us haven't wished our lives were simpler, more relaxed, and a lot less stressful? For many, even the thought of trying to unwind can be overwhelming in our fast-paced culture. Two doctors join us to talk about the dangers of stress - and how best to cope.

Guests:  Benjamin C. Grasso MD, Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Mercy Hospital

Craig Brett MD, Medical Director of Cardiology at Mercy Hospital

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Maine Calling
12:34 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Memoir Writing 101

Memoir Writing 101

By their very definition, memoirs are books any and all of us can write. Here in Maine, it seems like a lot of us are putting pen to paper - or finger to lapto - to collect and share stories from our past. Talking about their memoirs and the craft of memoir writing -

Elizabeth Peavey, author of "My Mother's Clothes"

Helen Peppe, author of "Pigs Can't Swim"

Jaed Coffin, author of "A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants"

This program was originally broadcast on April 28, 2104.

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Maine Calling
1:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Alternative or "Complementary" Medicine

Just what is "alternative" or "complementary" medicine and what is its relationship to traditional medicine? There are numerous health care practices, products and therapies which fall outside what is taught at established medical schools or used in conventional medicine. Examples of alternative medicine include homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine and acupuncture.

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Liz Strawbridge, family medicine physician specializing in integrative medicine

Chris Haskell, licensed acupuncturist with Rocky Coast Acupuncture

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Nation
1:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

"Undecided" - What to do after High School Graduation

"Undecided" by Genevieve Morgan

'Go to college'… 'get a job'… 'enlist'… 'learn a trade…' These are some of the likely things graduating high school seniors have heard over the past few months. Today we learn what options are available to graduating seniors - from heading straight to college - to taking a gap year - or finding an apprenticeship.

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Maine
4:59 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

World Acadian Congress Celebrates Region's Shared History and Culture

Left to right, George Dumond, Judy Paradis (back to camera), Lisa Pelletier, Don Levesque, who spoke with Jennifer Rooks from Edmundston, New Brunswick.
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EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - Every five years, people of Acadian descent come together for a two-week celebration that includes family reunions, parties, seminars, cultural events and more. It's called the World Acadian Congress.  And this time, it's being held in the Saint John Valley - both in Maine and Canada. Events are being held in northern Aroostook County, as well as right across the border in New Brunswick and Quebec. Fifty-thousand people are expected to attend, including members of 120 Acadian families.

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Maine Calling
10:16 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

2014 Acadian Congress

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The 2014 World Acadian Congress.  Right now in Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec Acadians from around the world, their friends, family and anyone interested in all things culturally or historically Francophone, are gathered for two weeks of celebrations, family reunions, athletic events, meals, symposiums, concerts and parties.  Learn about this historic event, its impact on the region, and upcoming events.

GuestsJudy Paradis/Former State Legislator
Lise Pelletier/Director of Acadian Archives/UMaine-Fort Kent

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Maine
1:04 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Special Education in Maine

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Help for those in need of special education.  A conversation about special ed in our state.  Learn about different types of advocacy, available resources... and ways to prepare your child for the transition to and from school and the community... Demystifying the special education process.

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