Jen began her adventures in radio in 2003 and has reported on everything from nanotechnology to city goats. She worked for public radio stations including WAMC Northeast Public Radio, WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina and New Hampshire Public Radio as both a reporter and daily show producer. Jen has been seen holding a microphone up to a speeding truck, a horse that walked across the U.S., and an rather reticent oyster. She also interviews real people.

She currently hosts and produces the weekly radio series and podcast Growing Local. It is supported by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and airs Mondays during Morning Edition on pubic radio affiliate WNCW.

Modern Cowboy

What does it take to become a celebrity in America? All Bill Inman needed was a horse named Blackie and the determination to ride across the country.

The Bible and a Gallon of Bleach

Peter Donatelli is an ordained Catholic priest. He also runs his family's laundromat in Portland, Maine. Through his passionate beliefs and awkward sense of humor, Father Peter has created a public space where people actually talk about religion and politics.  Produced at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

A Square Meal, Regardless

When Cedric Chambers and John Gallagher met by chance in rural Maine 45 years ago, neither imagined that they'd be caring for each other into old age. But after John's wife passed away and his children moved across the country, John turned to Cedric when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Together they face the end of his life. Produced at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

When Oysters Adapt

North Carolina's oysters are plagued by a parasitic disease called Dermo. This UNC Charlotte professor is using biotech to fight back.

Nanoparticles of Gold Attack HIV

A eureka moment inspired a NC State chemistry professor to think small in the fight against HIV.

100 Apples a Day

Appalachian State University discovered a way to pack the antioxidants in 100 apples into one piece of candy. American soldiers can't get enough of them, and it's helping reduce stress in the battlefield.

Living in the Shadow of Charles R. Lansing

Needle and Conductive Thread

DIY crafters go beyond knitting and sewing to incorporate technology into handmade goods.