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


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


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

Maine's Wildlife

Apr 27, 2015

How did Maine's wildlife fare after the long, cold winter?

Guests:  Kyle Ravanna, Deer Biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Keel Kemper, Regional Biologist, with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Organ Donation

Apr 16, 2015

Learn learn about advances in the science of organ donation - for both living donors and those who are deceased, and how the system works. 

Guests:  Dr. Juan Palma: General Surgeon and Transplant Surgeon, Maine Medical Center
Laura Huckestein: Donation Coordinator, New England Organ Bank 
Stanley Galvin of Pemaquid, kidney donor 

Click here to learn more about organ donation.