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May 8th, 2020

Downtown Laramie, Wyoming
Bob Beck

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Local Government Fears Loss Of Tax Revenue

This is a tough financial time for a lot of Wyomingites. But impacts on the general public also impact funding for local governments, which directly impacts a wide variety of services from law enforcement to streets.

With Economic Engines Stalled By COVID-19, Wind River Faces An Uncertain Future

The Wind River Reservation has been hit hard by COVID-19. The pandemic has also stalled the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes' primary economic engines. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher reports on what that means for the reservation and its border communities.

Trapped With The Monster: Social Distancing With An Abuser Costs Victims A Lot More

For many of us, being asked to stay home during the pandemic is inconvenient. For others, it is down right dangerous. Wyoming Public Radio's Megan Feighery spoke with Sydney Allred, executive director of the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, who says social distancing is putting those already living with domestic violence at greater risk.

USDA Aims To Help Connect Ailing Ag Industry And Food Banks, But May Be Too Late For Some

It's no secret that our food supply chain is struggling. As the Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck reports, the federal government is trying to help... but it's complicated.

Douglas Empties Amidst Oil Crash Leaving Businesses In Flux

Not too long ago, the small oil reliant city of Douglas was booming to the benefit of the state's coffers. But since the oil price crash, it's transformed. Hotels have emptied, projects were left abandoned, and traffic disappeared. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim reports how Douglas is handling the change.

Pandemic Exacerbates Disparities For LGBTQ Wyomingites Without Support Or Legal Protections

The pandemic has highlighted who has support and who doesn't. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Wyoming State Representative and Executive Director of Wyoming Equality's Sara Burlingame about what life looks like for many LGBTQ folks across the state.

When Sheep Become An Eagle's Diet

Dealing with threats to their livestock is part of a rancher's daily life. And one of the hardest threats to deal with is depredation - especially if the animal killing their stock is a protected species. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel has more about the battle between ranchers and one predator in particular.

High School Is Over. Wyoming Seniors Say They Didn't Get Closure.

The coronavirus pandemic has upended everyone's lives. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler found out, for high school seniors across the state it's been especially impactful. She collected their voices and brings us this collage.

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.
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.
Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast ever since. Her internship was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors in journalism and business. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.
Maggie Mullen is Wyoming Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. Her work has aired on NPR, Marketplace, Science Friday, and Here and Now. She was awarded a 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story on the Black 14.
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.