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

Suicide Prevention

11 hours ago

How to help someone who is suicidal.

Guests:  Jenna Mehnert, Executive Director, NAMI Maine
  Kevin Briggs, California Highway Patrolman with assignments including patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge


Oct 7, 2015

What's next for Mars and NASA now that water has been discovered on the red planet?

Efforts to change harmful conceptions of masculinity and femininity and reduce violence against women.

Guests: Shana Natelson, executive director of Speak About It
Matthew Perry, community education and communications coordinator for Family Crisis Services
Matt Theodores, executive director of Maine Boys to Men

Who's up and who's down in the race for the White House.

Guests: Anthony Corrado: Professor of Government at Colby College.  Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.
Jeanne Cummings, Political and White House editor for the Wall Street Journal

As Earle Shettleworth steps down after 40 years as Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, we'll discuss the role of historic preservation in Maine and the nation, as well as the "most endangered" historic places in Maine.