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

The Maine Calling Book Club reconvenes to discuss Cheryl Strayed's memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  "Wild" is now a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon.

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

Maine's Ski Industry

Dec 22, 2014

A look at Maine's ski industry.

Guests:  Chad Gregory, President, Powderhouse Hill Ski Club  
  Ethan Austin, Sugarloaf Director of Marketing
  Greg Sweetser, Executive Director, SkiMaine

Discover what's inside the Maine State Library beyond books and periodicals.

Guests:  Linda Lord, Maine State Librarian

Beth Edmonds, Freeport Community Library

Jean Gulliver, Board Member, Friends of the Maine State Library 



Jennifer Rooks / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - A statewide organization that provides legal assistance to the poor received a major grant today to better serve female veterans.

The president of the Legal Services Corporation, Jim Sandman, came to Maine to announce the grant made to Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

"This $74,000 grant will enable a better understanding of the challenges that underserved women veterans face," Sandman said, "and will develop a new online tool to empower them to enforce their legal rights."

The Maine Arts Commission is hoping everyone will respond to a survey about the art in their lives and communities, in hopes of shaping the future.  How important are the arts to you?  And what are your hopes for Maine arts in the 21st century?

Guests:  Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission

Kimberly Callas, Belfast Creative Coalition

Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission