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

Winter Storm Juno

2 hours ago

The latest on winter storm Juno.

Guests:  Max Riseman, freelance meteorologist and Account Manager at Systems Engineering

Bruce Fitzgerald, Maine Emergency Management Agency director 

Gail Rice - spokesperson for Central Maine Power.  

Susan Falloun - Spokesperson for Emera Mainee - formerly Bangor Hydro 


Ted Talbot - Spokesperson for the Maine Dept of Transportation  


What you need to know about getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Guests:  Jake Grindle, Health Navigator Program Coordinator, Western Maine Community Action 
  Emily Brostek, Executive Director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care

Clare Egan / Blogspot

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — While skier Lindsey Vonn is making headlines for earning 63 World Cup victories, a woman from Maine is gearing up for her first World Cup race — not in downhill skiing, but in the biathlon.

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NORTH BERWICK, Maine - Maine House Speaker Mark Eves today rolled out his plan to grow jobs in Maine. Eves is a proposing a $5 million initiative to boost the partnership between manufacturers and community colleges in Maine.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine - Maine House Speaker Mark Eves wants to grow jobs in Maine by creating more partnerships between manufacturers and community colleges. 

He has proposed a five-year $5 million plan to create 10 regional public-private partnerships.  The money would pay for scholarships, teachers and equipment for community colleges, and staff to coordinate the partnerships. 

The executive director of the Manufacturers Association of Maine, Lisa Martin, says the idea is to spur job training in all kinds of industries.