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.

Ways To Connect

The Maine Calling book club reconvenes to discuss Lois Lowry's 'The Giver.'  It's the story of twelve year old Jonas who lives in a dystopian future where there is no war, pain, fear - and no color or emotion.  Jonas's rebels against his job as holder of memories of both the joy - and the pain - of life. 

Making Maine Work

Feb 24, 2015

A discussion of the Maine Development Foundation and Maine State Chamber of Commerce's Making Maine Work: Preparing Maine’s Workforce recommendations.  This fifth report in the Making Maine Work series is the companion piece to Growing Maine’s Workforce, which was released last fall and looked at the ways in which we can grow Maine’s workforce.  This new report addresses the quality of Maine’s workforce – the education, skills and knowledge Maine workers need to meet the needs of employers and create opportunities for themselves and others.

Computer Help

Feb 23, 2015

The return of the Maine Calling tech team.  Get answers to your questions about computers, smart phones, tablets, etc.

Guests:  Jared Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology   

Andrew Rosenstein, Founder of TechPort

Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

Behind the scenes at Maine's oldest and largest provider of legal services to the poor. 

Guests:  NAN HEALD, Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance  

KATHLEEN CALDWELL, Staff Attorney at Pine Tree since 1980.  Client Education/Website Coordinator since 1996. 

KATIE MCGOVERN, Staff Attorney at Pine Tree since 2001.

Jennifer Rooks / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - The Cumberland County District Attorney says it will likely take at least a couple more weeks before her office decides whether to file charges in the deadly Noyes Street fire.

DA Stephanie Anderson says she is working carefully, seriously and deliberately, and it is going to take time.