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.

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Maine's Wildlife

4 hours ago

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.

The role of poetry in our lives.

Guests:  Richard Blanco, historic inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist. His latest books is 'The Prince of los Cocuyos.'

Tony Hoagland, poet and writer. His poetry collection, What Narcissism Means to Me, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.

What will a changing arctic mean for Maine?

Guests:  Patrick Arnold, Director of Operations and Business Development, Maine Port Authority

Paty Matrai, Senior Research Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Dana Eidsness, Director, Maine North Atlantic Development Office

What's it take to write a good crime novel?  How does a writer craft a story to keep a reader hooked until the final page?   We'll hear from 3 Maine writers who specialize in mystery, crime and stories of suspense.  

Guests:  James Hayman,  author of the internationally best selling McCabe/Savage thrillers.  He moved to Portland ten years ago. His first McCabe/Savage thriller, The Cutting, was published in 2009.