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

Just what does it take to tell a good tale?

Guests:  Tim Sample: humorist, author and storyteller.  His latest project is the audio book "Drunken Fireworks" - a story by Stephen King that is only available as an audiobook and digital download. 

Frederick Greenhalgh: writer, director, producer and founder of Finalrune  productions.

Our two favorite car experts return to discuss the latest news from the automotive world and to answer your car/truck/suv questions.

Guests:  Jamie Page Deaton, U.S. News & World Reports Auto Editor.

John Paul, Senior Manager of Public Affairs for AAA Northeast and master mechanic.

An early look at who's running for their party's presidential nomination.

Guests:  Anthony Corrado: Professor of Government at Colby College.  Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Susan Page: Washington Bureau chief for USA TODAY.

How is climate change affecting our health?

Guests:  Lani Graham, MD - Maine Medical Association Medical Director.  Former director of the Maine Bureau of Health.  Co-author of PSR Maine report “Death by Degrees;  The Emerging Health Crisis of Climate Change in Maine.”
Paul Perkins, MD, Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine board member.
Ivan Fernandez, Ph.D., Distinguished Maine Professor at the Climate Change Institute and School of Forest Resources.

Our tech experts return to discuss the latest news from the world of computers, tablets, cell phones and fax machines.  

Guests:  Jarrod Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology  
  Andrew Rosenstein, Founder of TechPort
  Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

Click here to visit Jarrod's website.

Click here to visit Andrew's website.