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 a classic work of American literature - Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman.'

Guests:   Tom Mikotowicz, Ph.D., Professor of Theatre, School of Performing Arts, UMaine
John F. Mahon, Chair of International Business, Policy and Strategy and Professor of Management, UMaine

Christine Marshall, Artistic Director, Mad Horse Theatre Company.  This weekend is the final weekend of the world premier of ALLIGATOR ROAD, by Maine playwright Callie Kimball

Our favorite car experts return to talk about the latest news from the world of automobiles and answer your questions about all things automotive.

Guests:  Jamie Page Deaton, Auto Editor, U.S. News & World Reports

John Paul, Manager of Public Affairs for AAA Northeast and Certified Master Automobile Technician

Celebrating the March on Selma - and examining where we are as a nation fifty years later.  Join us for a conversation about why the march on Selma was such a significant moment in the civil rights movement. We'll hear from a Mainer who participated in the march, and from leaders in the African American community in Maine on work still to be done. 

Guests:  Rachel Talbot Ross, State Director for the NAACP in Maine and the President of the Portland Branch.

Tech Talk

Mar 18, 2015

Our tech team returns to talk iWatches, the end of Internet Explorer, the future of passwords, and to answer your computer, table or smart phone questions.

Guests:  Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

Jarrod Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology  

Andrew Rosenstein, Founder of TechPort

Problem Gambling

Mar 12, 2015

While for many people, gambling is a form of entertainment, for others, it can become a serious addiction - affecting not only one's finances, relationships and health.  We'll discuss some of the indicators of a gambling disorder, how to talk to a loved one about a potential problem, and where to turn for help.

Guests:  Dr. Greggus Yahr, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Christine Theriault, Christine Theriault, LMSW, Prevention Manager, DHHS
Scott Gagnon, Maine Council on Problem Gambling