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.

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Maine Calling
1:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Alternative or "Complementary" Medicine

Just what is "alternative" or "complementary" medicine and what is its relationship to traditional medicine? There are numerous health care practices, products and therapies which fall outside what is taught at established medical schools or used in conventional medicine. Examples of alternative medicine include homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine and acupuncture.

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Liz Strawbridge, family medicine physician specializing in integrative medicine

Chris Haskell, licensed acupuncturist with Rocky Coast Acupuncture

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Nation
1:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

"Undecided" - What to do after High School Graduation

"Undecided" by Genevieve Morgan

'Go to college'… 'get a job'… 'enlist'… 'learn a trade…' These are some of the likely things graduating high school seniors have heard over the past few months. Today we learn what options are available to graduating seniors - from heading straight to college - to taking a gap year - or finding an apprenticeship.

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Maine
4:59 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

World Acadian Congress Celebrates Region's Shared History and Culture

Left to right, George Dumond, Judy Paradis (back to camera), Lisa Pelletier, Don Levesque, who spoke with Jennifer Rooks from Edmundston, New Brunswick.
Credit Courtesy Kelly Martin

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick - Every five years, people of Acadian descent come together for a two-week celebration that includes family reunions, parties, seminars, cultural events and more. It's called the World Acadian Congress.  And this time, it's being held in the Saint John Valley - both in Maine and Canada. Events are being held in northern Aroostook County, as well as right across the border in New Brunswick and Quebec. Fifty-thousand people are expected to attend, including members of 120 Acadian families.

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Maine Calling
10:16 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

2014 Acadian Congress

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The 2014 World Acadian Congress.  Right now in Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec Acadians from around the world, their friends, family and anyone interested in all things culturally or historically Francophone, are gathered for two weeks of celebrations, family reunions, athletic events, meals, symposiums, concerts and parties.  Learn about this historic event, its impact on the region, and upcoming events.

GuestsJudy Paradis/Former State Legislator
Lise Pelletier/Director of Acadian Archives/UMaine-Fort Kent

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Maine
1:04 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Special Education in Maine

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Help for those in need of special education.  A conversation about special ed in our state.  Learn about different types of advocacy, available resources... and ways to prepare your child for the transition to and from school and the community... Demystifying the special education process.

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Maine
1:44 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The Coming Wealth Transfer

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Much has been made about impact of the baby boom generation - on everything from the divorce rate to health care to politics to the workplace.  Well, here's another one:  the baby boom generation will have a huge impact on how money is redistributed in this country.  As boomers retire - or die - an estimated 59-trillion dollars will be passed on to heirs and to charities - 29-billion in Maine alone.   The phenomenon is known as the "wealth transfer."  We look at the effect of the wealth transfer - with those who are giving the money, those who are receiving it, and those who are overseeing

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Maine
3:26 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

An Encore Presentation Of Our Conversation With Jamie Wyeth

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An encore presentation of our interview with Jamie Wyeth.  The first comprehensive retrospective of his work opened last month at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Jennifer Rooks spoke 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 Boston Museum of Fine Arts website. 

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Maine
1:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

The Future of Maine Magazines

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Maine is home to many wonderful, eclectic (and not so eclectic) magazines.  We'll learn about the challenges of publishing a magazine in our state.

Guests:  Kathleen Fleury, Editor-in-Chief, DownEast Magazine

Matt Murphy, Editor, Wooden Boat Magazine 

Polly Saltonstall, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Magazine 

Melanie Brooks, Editor, Bangor Metro Magazine

Mel Allen, Editor-in-Chief, Yankee Magazine

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Maine
11:23 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Thousands Turn Out for Beach to Beacon

Alan Bing of Kittery mans the water station, a mile from the finish line at the 17th Annual TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race.
Credit Jennifer Rooks

More than 6,000 runners and volunteers took part in the annual TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race in Cape Elizabeth Saturday.

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Maine Calling
1:38 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Maine Calling Book Club: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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The Maine Calling tackles its first kids' book.  Geared toward middle school readers, Wonder by R.J. Palacio tells the story of a 10-year old boy named August with severe facial deformities heading off to school for the first time.

Guests:

Josh Christie is the author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland. He is a bookseller at Sherman’s Books in Portland and co-founder of the podcast Bookrageous.

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