Maggie Mullen

Reporter, MOUNTAIN WEST NEWS BUREAU

Phone: 307-766-5086
Email: mmullen5@uwyo.edu

Maggie Mullen reports for the Mountain West News Bureau out of Wyoming Public Radio. She is a fifth generation Wyomingite, born and raised in Casper. Before coming to Wyoming Public Radio, she was a Master’s student in American Studies at the University of Wyoming, where she also earned a BA in English and French. Her work has been featured onMarketplace, Science Friday, Here and Now, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered. She was awarded a 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story on the Black 14. Maggie enjoys cooking for friends and family, swimming in rivers and lakes, and spending time with her rescue dog, Moonee.

Ways to Connect

Maggie Mullen

Inside Eastridge Shopping Mall in Casper, Wyoming was once a Macy's. And signs of that department store life remain — a lot of mirrors, the old beauty department counter, and what used to be changing rooms to try on the latest fashions. Now, this building is a well-oiled, pandemic-fighting machine, with no customers.

Planned Parenthood


This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on how the pandemic may have changed things. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Brittni Frederiksen, a senior policy analyst for the foundation. She said one thing that really shifted — more women are getting certain kinds of care from home.

Courtesy photo from family

Samantha Frias met her husband, Alonso, back in 2003. It was at a Halloween party. Alonso wasn't dressed up, but Samantha wore a Morticia Adams costume. She said they were inseparable from the very start.


Public Domain, via sckrx

Listen to the full show here.

Wyoming Public Radio Reporters Discuss The Close Of The Legislative Session

The Wyoming legislature is winding up its work and we thought we'd begin the show discussing what we've seen. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler and Bob Beck have been covering the session.

Casper Pride Facebook page


Wednesday marked International Transgender Day of Visibility. Here in Wyoming, Casper Pride announced a new fund specifically for Natrona County's transgender community. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Mallory Pollock from the organization. She says the idea for the project was born out of what the group learned through some local surveying.

Department of Defense photo by Lisa Ferdinando

All Wyoming residents ages 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The kinds of problems Casper City Manager Carter Napier hears about include a lot of calls about street signs, like a stop sign that has fallen or been knocked over.

Or in the summertime, his office will hear about parts of town where the weeds have gotten particularly bad.

Outdoor Writers Association of America

The Oil City will host as many as 250 writers and communicators from across the country in 2022 for the Outdoor Writers Association of America's annual conference.

Stephanie Joyce


The last time the state of Wyoming executed someone was in 1992.

"When that execution actually occurred, I felt it," said Sen. Cale Case. "And people all over Wyoming felt it, 'cause we were part of it."

Chip Redmond / InciWeb

Gains in air quality had been hailed as a silver lining amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to new data out this week, those improvements in the U.S. were negated by last summer's wildfire smoke.

Ivan Radic via CC BY 2.0

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon will remove the statewide mask requirement starting on March 16. In a press release sent out Monday morning, Gordon also announced he would lift all restrictions on bars, restaurants, theaters, and gyms, allowing them to resume normal operations on that same date.

University of Wyoming Black Studies Center

Racist "Zoom bombings" have attacked virtual meetings on college campuses in Wyoming and Utah this month.

USFS Rocky Mountains

Two Western lawmakers have reintroduced companion bills to establish a federal conservation corps. It would invest $9 billion in a civilian workforce dedicated to public lands, part of a $40 billion package focused on conservation, restoration and rural economies.

Roman Tiraspolsky / Adobe Stock


The pandemic has caused huge revenue shortfalls in state budgets across the Mountain West and the country, renewing heated debates over taxes. That's true in Wyoming, too, though one tax issue before lawmakers is "still something that, you know, gets whispered about."

Wyoming Department of Health

Gov. Mark Gordon announced he has relaxed several public health orders, as well as the complete removal of one. The changes will go into effect on March 1.

Zigmar Stein / Adobe Stock

The Centers for Disease Control has said proper ventilation in indoor settings can cut down the spread of COVID-19. But how can you tell whether a space is in fact well ventilated?

Frank D. Lospalluto/Flickr

While there's an insect named after Lady Gaga, and a lichen named after former President Barack Obama, a lot of the time species get named after scientists - especially white men.

Casper Police Department

A Casper Police Department (CPD) survey is aiming to better understand what the sexual violence atmosphere looks like at its local establishments, such as bars or restaurants.

STEVE STEINER


Back in 2019, a rental housing resolution was put up to a vote by the Laramie City Council. Among other things, it could have led to safety and health standards for rentals. It was a response to the many complaints that some council members had heard that described harsh living conditions and deceptive leases. But the resolution failed to get enough votes.

Since then, reporter Jeff Victor has taken a deeper look at the issue. And what he found was startling, particularly one landlord's name that appeared in court documents again and again. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Victor about his investigative reporting recently published in The Laramie Boomerang.

Adobe Stock


Rebecca Travers lives in Casper, Wyo. Until late last year, the 42-year-old had been working at a non-profit that helps volunteer organizations across the state.

U.S. House Office of Photography

In a press release sent out Tuesday afternoon, Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney announced she would vote to impeach President Trump. She is the first member of the GOP congressional leadership to do so.

Natrona County Health

Starting this Wednesday, January 13, residents of Natrona County 70 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The opening in eligibility marks the Casper-Natrona County Health Department's (CNCHD) move to the next phase of its vaccination rollout.

Credit: Bastian Weltjen / Adobe Stock

About a third of Americans living in rural areas say they probably or definitely would not get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Pages