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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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

Policing in Maine

Dec 15, 2014

A conversation about policing in Maine. We'll hear how the profession has changed and learn about the ways new technologies are helping local law enforcement.

Guests:   Robert Schwarz, executive director of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association
  Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuk

I.D. Theft

Dec 14, 2014

Just what is identity theft?  How prevalent is it? And what can you do to prevent being a victim of ID theft.

Guests:  Lori Parnham, AARP Maine State Director

William Lund, Superintendent, Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection Edward Sihler, technical director of USM's Maine Cyber Security Cluster 

Get a head start on the holidays by taking part in the 3rd Annual Maine Calling 'Made in Maine' Gift Guide & Show!  Learn about some of the fantastic gifts you'll want to include in your gift giving - or getting!  Share your favorite made in Maine products on our Facebook page (

Guests:  Alex Steed, Bangor Daily News blogger and founding partner at Knack Factory.
  Laura Serino, digital editor of Down East Magazine.