Jennifer Rooks

Public Affairs Host & Producer

As public affairs host at MPBN, Jennifer's been involved in numerous projects on both television and radio. She currently co-hosts and helps produce Maine Calling, MPBN's statewide daily (M-TH) radio call-in program. Previously, Jennifer was host and executive producer of Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks. She has moderated more than twenty broadcast debates between candidates for statewide office. And, at MPBN, she has produced three television documentaries. Broken Trust: Elder Abuse in Maine, Winds of Change - both Maine Watch Special Reports - and A Matter of Duty: The Continuing War Against PTSD. Co-produced with Charlie Stuart, A Matter of Duty was shown on PBS television stations throughout the U.S. and in multiple screenings, including at the National Sheriff's Association national conference.

Jennifer joined MPBN in June of 2007 after spending more than 13 years at WCSH-TV in Portland, 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 then-Governor (and former Maine Watch host) Angus King.

Jennifer grew up outside Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia (where she started her broadcast career in college radio) 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

An examination of the nuclear framework between Iran and the West and what it may mean for nuclear proliferation in the region and the rest of the world.

Guests:  Dr. Peter Wilk – has served as the National Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.  He’s currently on the Board of Maine PSR, and practices psychiatry in Portland.


What does the advent of electronic medical records mean for patients, hospitals and health care providers?


Ronald Schneider - Shareholder and Co-Chair of Bernstein Shur's Labor & Employment Practice Group and a member of the Litigation Group with a focus on employment and healthcare law
Barbara Armstrong - Director of Information Privacy & Security for Maine Medical Center
Dr. Scott Patch - Chief Medical Information Officer and practicing physician at InterMed Yarmouth


What defines Maine's "Creative Economy" and what is its potential?


Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission
Jeff Kline, Writer-producer for TV and film
Karen Carberry Warhola, Director, Maine Film Office
Peter Nielsen, President, Circus Conservatory

Tech Talk

Apr 30, 2015
John Blehler/Flickr

Our favorite tech gurus answer your technology questions.


Jarod Maxfield/Owner, Necessary Technology

Andrew Rosenstein/Founder, Techport

Janet McKenney/Director of Library Development, Maine State Library


The Maine Calling Book Club discusses the award-winning novel Euphoria, by Maine author Lily King.


Lee Anderson/Anthropology Professor who studied under and worked with Margaret Mead

Kathleen Sutherland/Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Women's Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio

Mary Pols/Newspaper Writer, Book Author and Movie Critic