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 reconvenes to discuss Atul Gawande's best selling book 'Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End."

Guests:  Kandyce Powell, Executive Director, Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care
Frank Chessa, Ph.D, Director of Clinical Ethics, Maine Medical Center
Bill Lundgren, adjunct professor of English at Southern Maine Community College and bookseller at Longfellow Books. His book reviews can be found at

Senator Angus King

May 26, 2015

Senator Angus King returns to Maine Calling to answers your questions about the latest events in Maine, the country and the world. 

Relations between Maine's Indian tribes and Governor LePage have grown tense since the governor rescinded an executive order promoting state cooperation with the tribes. We'll discuss why there's a disagreement and might happen next.

Guests:  Passamaquoddy Chief Fred Moore

Kirk Francis, Chief of Penobscot Nation

Stuart Kestenbaum, the long-time director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, joins us to talk about the world renowned school and what's next for him as he steps down as director later this month.

Guest: Stuart Kestenbaum grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and received a B.A. degree from Hamilton College. He has lived in Maine for many years and since 1988 has been the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Art and Crafts in Deer Isle.  He is also a poet.  His latest book of poetry is titled "Only Now."

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is twice that of those not disabled.  Learn why employing people with disabilities is a win - win for the employee - and the employer. 

Guests:  Jesus Larualez, director  of Work Opportunities Unlimited in Portland, Augusta and Brunswick.
Betsy Hopkins, Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Maine's Department of Labor
Lisa Sturtevant, Employment Services Specialist with DHHS's Office of Aging and Disability Services