Jeanette Beebe (bee – bee) is a freelance reporter and a former newsroom intern at WHYY-FM. Her first story appeared on WHYY News the day before Halloween, in 2015. After that report on the impact of white-nose syndrome on local bat populations, Jeanette fell in love with how radio can help explain science — and uncover the type of unexpected stories that hang upside down.
As a reporter, she traces what happens when community leaders and government officials make announcements, fund programs, and change policy. She follows how big topics — healthcare, technology, education, the spread of disease — are actually felt by real people in their daily lives, as they work, see the doctor, pay bills, take care of their family, go to school, enjoy culture, and vote.
At WHYY, Jeanette has been lucky enough to cover a range of news topics, with a focus on New Jersey. Her reporting has taken her to the launch of a powerful fusion reactor at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, to a charismatic social justice leader preaching at a historic Trenton church. She’s reported on an uptick in Hepatitis C cases among heroin users, the demand for pick-and-pack workers in Amazon’s fulfillment centers, and on kidney transplants begun on Craigslist.
She holds an interest in stories with gender and identity issues at the center. At WHYY, she reported a story on eating disorders featuring Gloria Steinem, a story on a group of middle school girls building confidence in science class, and a report on New Jersey’s state-wide observation of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Jeanette was born and raised in Iowa, and has lived on the East Coast for over a decade. A poet with an A.B. in English and certificates in Creative Writing and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Princeton University, Jeanette is based in Princeton, New Jersey, halfway between New York and Philadelphia. She’s a long-time commuter, and tries to travel light.
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