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April 3rd, 2020

David Maulik

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How 3D Printers Are Helping Supply Wyoming Hospitals During The Pandemic

As more cases of the coronavirus are confirmed throughout the state, it’s putting pressure on supplies for health care workers. So Wyoming creators, coders, engineers and others are working on ways to help local hospitals make sure they don’t run out. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler reports.

Places Of Faith Find Innovate Ways To Keep Members Connected

The governor has banned gathering together with more than ten people because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That makes it hard for places of faith to worship every Sunday. But some churches in Wyoming are finding creative solutions to keep everyone feeling like they are together. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports. 

From Livestock Auctions To Packing Plants, COVID-19 Has A Big Impact On Beef

In many towns across our region, COVID-19 is shuttering non essential businesses. Things like hospitals and grocery stores are staying open of course. But as it turns out so are livestock auctions. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Madelyn Beck reports. 


Investigation Sheds Light On The Foundation Of America's "Land-Grab Universities"

If you've spent time on a college campus lately, you may have encountered a land acknowledgment - recognition of the tribes whose ancestral land the institution is built on. But land-grant universities, originally created to educate America's working class, also owe their founding to the seizure and sale of Indigenous land. The 1862 Morrill Act granted over 17 million acres for states to sell and raise endowment principal for the institutions.

How COVID-19 Threatens An Accurate Census Count In The Mountain West

Amidst a global pandemic and a presidential election, there’s another big issue that will affect Americans for years to come: the 2020 Census. The Mountain West News Bureau takes alook, beginning with reporter Nate Hegyi.

Newspapers Face Existential Question: How To Cover The Pandemic When There’s No Money?

Local journalism has never been more important. Communities are anxious for real information. How many cases of COVID–19 are in their county or… where can they get a test? At the same time, local newspapers across the country are losing advertising revenue as businesses shut down. That’s creating a dilemma – how do you cover the news when you have no money? As part of the public media initiative America Amplified, Our Mountain West News Bureau’s Nate Hegyi takes us to one small town where this is playing out. 

On The Front Lines Of The Pandemic, Grocery Store Workers Keep Shelves Stocked

Meanwhile, grocery store workers are on the front lines, putting their health at risk to keep store shelves stocked and grocery carts full.  Late last week [3/20] at least one grocery chain announced it’s offering all hourly employees an appreciation pay of $2 more an hour. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Noah Glick talked to some store workers and filed this report.

International Students Navigate Life Under COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives around the state of Wyoming. Maybe no one as much as international students attending the University of Wyoming. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao talks to a couple of students who are trying to navigate life far away from home.

"Weirdest Honeymoon Ever": Couple Returns From Rafting Trip To A Changed World

Laramie residents Shealyn and Austin Woody left for a five-day rafting trip in southeastern Utah on March 13th. They had just eloped and wanted to celebrate that, along with some birthdays, while relaxing on the water. The day they left on their trip, without cellphone service… happened to also be the day when a national emergency was declared and things started rapidly changing around Wyoming. 

When the Woody’s returned from their trip, the world suddenly looked very different. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim talks with the newlyweds about their journey.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
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.
In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
Naina Rao comes to Wyoming Public Radio from Jakarta, Indonesia. She has worked at NPR for Story Lab and the nationally syndicated show, "1A". Naina graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with a B.A. in Journalism. Naina enjoys swimming, listening to podcasts and watching Bollywood movies.
Nate is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio three nights a week.
Noah Glick is from the small town of Auburn, Indiana and comes to KUNR from the Bay Area, where he spent his post-college years learning to ride his bike up huge hills. He’s always had a love for radio, but his true passion for public radio began when he discovered KQED in San Francisco. Along with a drive to discover the truth and a degree in Journalism from Ball State University, he hopes to bring a fresh perspective to local news coverage.
Savannah comes to Wyoming Public Media from NPR’s midday show Here & Now, where her work explored everything from Native peoples’ fraught relationship with American elections to the erosion of press freedoms for tribal media outlets. A proud citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, she’s excited to get to know the people of the Wind River reservation and dig into the stories that matter to them.