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.


1:24 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!

Credit Cindy Hahn

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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10:06 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Tech in the Classroom


How technology is used in Maine's public schools, from IPads in kindergarten to the middle school laptop program.

Guests:  Jeff Mao, Learning Technology Policy Director, Maine Department of Education (last day on the job is 9/5/14).  New Position - Senior Director, Learning Solutions Programs, Common Sense Media

Anne Macdonald, Technology Integration, K-8 Falmouth School Department

Andrew Wallace, Director of Technology, South Portland School Department, Technology Integration, K-8 Falmouth School Department

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5:44 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

In Wake of Kickstarter Changes, Rockport Entrepreneur Sets Maine Record

Some of John Galley's Orion4Sight sunglasses.
Credit Keith Shortall / MPBN

ROCKPORT, Maine - A Rockport entrepreneur has set a Maine record for fundraising on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. But he wouldn't have been able to use Kickstarter at all, if the company hadn't changed its rules this past summer.  

Audio from video: "My name is John Galley. I'm a part owner of Orion4Sight sunglasses, and we're here with our Kickstarter campaign to ask for your support."

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2:03 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Canning (and other ways to save your garden's bounty)


Join us for a conversation about all you ever needed to know about canning and preserving food and why it's getting more and more popular.  Get answers to your questions about canning, freezing, drying and root cellaring and fermenting food. 

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2:39 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

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


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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