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
10:58 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Improving End of Life Care and Communication

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We discuss a new study that found that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services helps enhance both the quality of life through the end of life and creates a more sustainable care system, but first, we need to become more comfortable talking about death and dying Guests:  Kandyce Powell, who is the executive director of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care  Dr. James VanKirk, a palliative care specialist with Eastern Maine Healthcare 

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Maine
1:16 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Understanding the Teenage Brain

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How the teenage brain develops and why the behavior of teenagers isn't always so crazy.

Guests:  Dr. David Marks is a clinical neuropsychologist in practice in Portland. He is the team neuropsychologist for the Portland Pirates  hockey team and the consulting neuropsychologist for the Dept. Of Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center.
  Dr. Benjamin Grasso, Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Mercy Hospital.

 Joyce Nadeau, LCSW, LADC - Social Worker, Cape Elizabeth High Schooll.

 

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Maine
7:38 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Doctors and Patients Learning to Choose Wisely

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Helping doctors and patients in Maine make wiser decisions about medical care -- together. A new initiative encourages people to ask the right questions about their own health care choices  to save on unnecessary procedures, medicines – and costs.

Guests:  Dr. John Yindra, Chief Medical Officer for Maine Community Health Options 

•        Dr. Rebecca Chagrasulis, Emergency physician and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway

•         Dr. Lisa Ryan, pediatrician with Bridgton Hospital; representing Maine Quality Counts 

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Maine
10:49 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Maine Veteran Services

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A look at some of the many services available to returning service men and women.

Guests:  Rob Liscord, Veteran Legal Services Outreach Coordinator, Paralegal, Pine Tree Legal Assistance 

John Ripley, Director, Military & Veterans Services, Easter Seals Maine

Phil Allen, Preble Street/Veterans Housing Services Coordinator

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Maine
2:09 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

3rd Annual Maine Calling 'Made in Maine' Gift Guide

Get a heads start on the holidays by taking part in the 3rd Annual Maine Calling 'Made in Maine' Gift Guide & Show!  Learn about some of the fantastic gifts you'll want to include in your gift giving - or getting!  Share your favorite made in Maine products on our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/mainecalling). 

Guests:   Alex Steed, Bangor Daily News blogger and founding partner at Knack Factory.
  Laura Serino, digital editor of Down East Magazine.

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