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January 8th, 2021

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"It Was Terrifying." Reporter Describes The Attack On The Capitol

Wyoming Public Radio's Capitol Hill Correspondent Matt Laslo was covering the counting of the electoral votes in the U.S. Capitol when it was stormed by Trump supporters this week. Laslo joined Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck and described his experience.

Rural Westerners Are Saddened But Not Surprised By Insurrection At U.S. Capitol

The rural West voted overwhelmingly for President Trump last election. But after this week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, our Mountain West News Bureau's Nate Hegyi wanted to find out how people were feeling about the president and the state of our country now.

Wyoming Ready To Take Advantage Of Massive Federal Carbon Capture Support

At the end of last year, Congress passed a massive bill to fund the government and provide stimulus checks to Americans. That bill also contained something surprising. It authorized the largest amount of money ever for carbon capture, utilization, and storage… a technology that Wyoming has heavily invested in and promoted for years in order to save coal. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim reports what this new support means for the state.

A Look Into How The University Of Wyoming COVID-19 Testing Program Works

The University of Wyoming has prioritized testing for its community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its testing program started at the beginning of the school year and it's been an important tool as UW monitored the presence of the virus. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel tells us more.

Why COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Has Been Slow In Wyoming

The COVID-19 vaccine has been touted as the light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic. But for that to be true, people have to take it. And so far the vaccination distribution has been slow. Part of the problem is that some don't want to take it. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska explains.

CARES Funding Protected Businesses And Fortified Healthcare, But Left Rental Tenants Wanting

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, known as CARES, was the largest stimulus bill ever passed in the United States. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor reports that Wyoming's cut went to various sectors of the economy, but there's criticism of how that money was split up and concerns that Wyoming will need more funding as the pandemic continues.

Cheyenne Resident Sharon Widener Died Of COVID-19, Remembered For Love And Loyalty

Nearly 500 Wyomingites have died from the coronavirus since April. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler brings us this obituary of Cheyenne resident Sharon Widener. Widener died on Oct. 29, 2020 from COVID-19. Widener is survived by her two children, a granddaughter, her siblings and extended family. Widener's daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Tim Thorson remember her life.

All 62 National Parks Are Celebrated For The First Time In New Book Of Poetry

In 2016, the national park system celebrated its hundredth birthday. When poet karla k. morton learned that there had never been a complete book of poetry written to celebrate all 62 national parks, she decided to do just that, along with her friend and fellow Texas poet laureate Alan Birkelbach.

Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer spoke to the two poets about how their new book, The National Parks: A Century of Grace, came to be.

Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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.
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.
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.
Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast since. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors of journalism and business. She continues to spread her love of science, wildlife, and the outdoors with her stories. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.
Jeff is a part-time reporter for Wyoming Public Media, as well as a freelance journalist published in the Laramie Boomerang and WyoFile, among others.