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.


Maine Calling
1:45 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Sleep Research

Credit Jacopo Romei

The latest information about sleep  - how much we need and how to get it.


Dr. George Bokinsky, Medical Director, Maine Sleep Institute at Maine Medical Center

Dr. Christopher Murry, Otolaryngologist and Certified Sleep Specialist

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3:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Getting Old Without Getting Hurt


Falls cost Americans more than thirty billion dollars a year and are the leading cause of unintentional hospitalization and death among older Mainers.

Guests:  Dr. Robert Anderson works at Maine Medical Center as both an emergency physician and an internist with a focus on the care of older adults. Through the hospital's Outpatient Geriatric Center, he started a house call program which specifically targets older adults treated in the ER for a fall.

Patricia League, RN, Maine Health program director of A Matter of Balance

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11:14 am
Sun July 20, 2014

The Computer Guys

An old analog computer.

Do you have a computer? A tablet? A smartphone?  Then there is little doubt you have questions about how they work, or don't work.  Our favorite Mac and PC experts join us to get answers to you computer questions.

Guests:  Jarrod Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology

Andrew Rosenstein, Owner of Techport

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Israeli protest
3:19 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Maine Protestors Decry Israel's Actions in Gaza

Protestors gather in Portland's Monument Square.
Credit Julia Moran

About 50 people gathered in Portland's Monument Square today to protest Israeli actions in Gaza.  The protestors are calling on Congress and President Obama to rethink U.S. policy towards the conflict.

"We do not approve of the killing of children or civilians," said Bob Schaible, one of the organizers of the protest.  "But Israel does it wholesale, they try to convince the world they don't, but look at the last couple of weeks."

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1:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Keeping The Kids Entertained, Engaged & Educated This Summer


Looking for ideas to keep the kids from just watching TV, playing video games or complaining about not having anything to do?  You're in luck!  We'll hear from guests who have great ideas on fun, active (and dare we say sometimes educational) things to do in Maine this summer.

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Jamie Wyeth
5:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Maine-Inspired Works Featured in Wyeth Retrospective

The headlands of Monhegan Island, 2007.
Courtesy: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The artist Jamie Wyeth spends much of each year on the midcoast of Maine - and his paintings from Southern Island and Monhegan Island are a big part of a new major retrospective of his work.

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Maine Calling
1:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Jamie Wyeth

Credit Jamie Wyeth

The first comprehensive retrospective of artist Jamie Wyeth's work opens this week at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Jennifer Rooks speaks with Jamie about his long and varied career - and what it was like to be asked by the Kennedy family to paint a portrait of JFK. 

Guest:  Jamie Wyeth

Click here to visit the Museum of Fine Art website

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11:08 am
Mon July 7, 2014

The Future of Maine's Libraries

A woman retrieves a book from library shelf.
Credit Joe Crawford from Moorpark, California / Flickr

  For some, libraries are a relic of the past – a reminder that in our digital age, good old-fashioned hard copies of books still exist.  There’s a good chance, however, that if you only think of a library as a place to check out a book, then you haven’t been in your local library for quite some time.  Today Maine Calling hears from three librarians about innovations at the public library. They’ll share resources you may not be aware that your library offers, and they’ll offer insight into the libraries of the future.

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3:37 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Radio Drama & Storytelling

An analog radio dial.

  What makes for great radio drama and is storytelling becoming a lost art? Hear from Maine's own Tim Sample as well as from the creator of audiobooks and a radio drama about what it takes tell a good story.

Guests:  Frederick Greenhalgh, Writer/Director/Producer, FinalRune Productions. Click here to visit Fred's website.

Michele L. Cobb, Publisher of Audiofile Magazine.  Click here to visit Audiofile's website.

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HIgher Education
2:09 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

SMCC and Husson University Ink Transfer Agreement

Janet Sorter, vice president of academics at SMCC, Marie Hansen, dean of the College of Business at Husson University, Ron Cantor, president of SMCC, and Charlie Collins, executive director of Husson Southern Maine sign the agreement.
Credit Jennifer Rooks

Leaders at Southern Maine Community College and Husson University today signed an agreement that will make it easier for students in several degree programs to transfer credits, and eventually earn a bachelor's degree or MBA. 

The agreement applies to students majoring in Business Administration, Sports Management, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Criminal Justice and Hospitality Management.   

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