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January 12th, 2018

Bob Beck

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ENDOW Chairman Discusses Early Recommendations

Last year the governor set up the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming Council…better known as ENDOW. After a few months of touring the state and meetings, ENDOW has developed a list of recommendations to start setting the stage for diversifying the economy. Greg Hill is the Chairman of Endow and he explains why ENDOW is different from past economic development efforts.  

Wyoming Lawmakers Like Zinke's Shakeup Plan At Interior

Secretary Ryan Zinke is trying to implement his vision for a slimmed down Interior Department, which is being opposed by Democrats. But Correspondent Matt Laslo reports from Washington that Wyoming lawmakers are mostly supportive of his efforts.

Author Discusses How Nature Can Help You Thrive

For her popular book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, Florence Williams traveled the world talking to people who rely on nature to thrive. Along the way, she learned some things about herself and about how to cultivate awe and seek beauty in the midst of her frenetic, urban life. Williams was part of Teton County Library's Mountain Story literary festival in Jackson. She discussed what she learned with Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington. 

Students Use Old Fashioned Debate To Discuss Dennis Prager Event

Back in November, conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager spoke to a packed audience at the University of Wyoming. Many students weren’t enthusiastic for him to come, calling some of his talk racist and sexist. In fact, they argued university money shouldn’t be used to pay for such controversial speakers. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports for her series “I Respectfully Disagree,” that’s when students decided to host a public debate over THAT question.

Redefining The Mission: UW Works To Graduate More Veterans

The “Forever GI Bill” -- one of the bipartisan triumphs of 2017 --  significantly changes education benefits for service members and veterans. It eliminates a requirement that veterans use their benefits within 15-years of active-duty service. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s education reporter Tennessee Watson discovers, supporting veterans in higher education is more complicated than just giving them more time. 

Wyoming Supreme Court Sets Precedent For Jurisdiction In Mineral Rights Cases

A coal company and an oil and gas company are stuck in legal limbo over who has superior rights on overlapping federal leases in the Powder River Basin. The case has been bandied back and forth in federal court, state court, district court... In the end, who should settle this debate? Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim speaks with Cheyenne oil and gas attorney Kris Koski, who is not involved in the case, to give deeper analysis about what the controversy and potential resolution means for Wyoming.

Life Experience Guides New Native American Program Director To Help Tribal UW Students

After years of going without one, the University of Wyoming has hired a new Native American Program Director.  Right now, Native American enrollment at UW is at an all-time low and many tribal students say that’s because the campus isn’t as welcoming as it could be. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with Reinette Tendore to hear her own personal story of struggle as a student at UW.

Cheyenne Capital Chorale Members To Perform At Carnegie Hall

Monday, nine members of the Cheyenne Capital Chorale will be performing the works of Sir Karl Jenkins at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. Wyoming Public Radio’s Annie Osburn spoke with Chorale Board Member Barb Boyer about the uniqueness of the trip.

Annie is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Wyoming. She is originally from Michigan, but comes to Laramie by way of California, Virginia, Montana and Alaska. She earned degrees in Political Science and Law from Stanford University, but has now worked as a wilderness guide for longer than she practiced law. Her writing interests center on the influence of wilderness and isolation on individuals. Her non-writing interests include baking, rock and ice climbing, and playing music with friends and strangers.
Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
Before Wyoming, Cooper McKim has reported for NPR stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. He's reported breaking news segments and features for several national NPR news programs. Cooper is the host of the limited podcast series Carbon Valley. Cooper studied Environmental Policy and Music. He's an avid jazz piano player, backpacker, and podcast listener.
Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a reporter who has been covering campaigns and every aspect of federal policy since 2006. While he has filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, he has also written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Guardian, The Omaha World-Herald, VICE News and Washingtonian Magazine.
Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
A multi-media journalist, Rebecca Huntington is a regular contributor to Wyoming Public Radio. She has reported on a variety of topics ranging from the National Parks, wildlife, environment, health care, education and business. She recently co-wrote the one-hour, high-definition documentary, The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads, which premiered in 2012. She also works at another hub for community interactions, the Teton County Library where she is a Communications and Digital Media Specialist. She reported for daily and weekly newspapers in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming for more than a decade before becoming a multi-media journalist. She completed a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in 2002. She has written and produced video news stories for the PBS series This American Land (thisamericanland.org) and for Assignment Earth, broadcast on Yahoo! News and NBC affiliates. In 2009, she traveled to Guatemala to produce a series of videos on sustainable agriculture, tourism and forestry and to Peru to report on the impacts of extractive industries on local communities.
Tennessee -- despite what the name might make you think -- was born and raised in the Northeast. She most recently called Vermont home. For the last 15 years she's been making radio -- as a youth radio educator, documentary producer, and now reporter. Her work has aired on Reveal, The Heart, LatinoUSA, Across Women's Lives from PRI, and American RadioWorks. One of her ongoing creative projects is co-producing Wage/Working (a jukebox-based oral history project about workers and income inequality). When she's not reporting, Tennessee likes to go on exploratory running adventures with her mutt Murray.