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

Pet Care

1 hour ago

A panel of veterinarians answers your questions about caring for the furry, four-legged member of your family.

Guests:  Dr. Ezra Steinberg, veterinary surgeon at the Maine Veterinary Referral Center Emergency and Specialty Hospital

  Dr. Katy Hazzard, Falmouth Veterinary Hospital
  Dr. Jeff Philibert, veterinary oncologist with Portland Veterinary Specialists

A look at some of the works of Maine author E.B. White.  In particular, we'll focus on 'Charlotte's Web,' 'The Elements of Style,' and 'E.B. White on Dogs.'

Guests:  Martha White, writer, editor, granddaughter of E. B. White
Melissa Sweet, children's book illustrator and writer, working on a biography of E.B. White for younger readers
Phuc Tran, teaches Latin & Greek at Wayneflete School

Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

Gov. Paul LePage joins us to discuss his legislative priorities and to answer your questions and comments.

Guest: Gov. Paul LePage

Winter Storm 2015

Jan 27, 2015

The latest on the first significant winter storm to hit Maine in 2015.

Guests:  Max Riseman, freelance meteorologist and Account Manager at Systems Engineering

Bruce Fitzgerald, Maine Emergency Management Agency director 

Gail Rice - spokesperson for Central Maine Power.  

Susan Falloun - Spokesperson for Emera Mainee - formerly Bangor Hydro 


Ted Talbot - Spokesperson for the Maine Dept of Transportation  


What you need to know about getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Guests:  Jake Grindle, Health Navigator Program Coordinator, Western Maine Community Action 
  Emily Brostek, Executive Director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care