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April 23rd, 2021

Wyoming Department of Health - State of Wyoming

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Despite Criticism, Hospitality Officials Praise Handling Of COVID-19 Health Orders

Since the start of the pandemic, some Wyoming residents and business owners have indicated that state officials, especially the governor and the state health officer, had a heavy handed approach to health orders. While many people and businesses suffered financially, state officials did try to reduce those impacts.

With Statewide Restrictions Lifted, Restaurants Are Deciding Whether To Impose Their Own Rules

The COVID-19 pandemic created a lot of changes for those in the foodservice industry. And when statewide health orders were rolled back in mid-March, businesses responded in different ways. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel has the story.

Public Health Employees Experience Burn Out From A Year Of The Pandemic

The pandemic has brought the public health industry into the limelight. Public health officials and employees have been politicized, emotionally abused and threatened by the public. And for an industry that is not used to this, employees are getting burned out. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska has more.

The Pandemic Has Impacted College Students' Mental Health

The pandemic impact on mental health has been felt by many, from adults to children. But for college students, that may include the entire reshaping of what they thought their college experience would be like. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with psychologist and Assistant Director of the University of Wyoming's Counseling Center Julio Brionez on how students are faring during the pandemic.

New Report On Pandemic Impacts To Sexual And Reproductive Health

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 says one thing that really shifted -- was more women getting certain kinds of care from home.

New Mothers Discuss Becoming A Parent During A Pandemic

Last year, we heard from a first-time, expecting mother who'd be delivering her newborn during a pandemic - something Vanessa Hoene never thought she'd be in. One year later, we check back in with Hoene and some other new moms who shared the same experience. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao reports.

Impacts To Real Estate Market Throughout The Pandemic

There was curiosity about how the pandemic might impact the housing market in Wyoming… whether folks would downsize or upgrade, whether there would be an influx of buyers or not. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim spoke with Lingle State Representative Shelley Duncan, who owns a Real Estate Firm, to get a feeling for what actually unfolded.

Wyoming's Nonprofits Moving Forward With Impacts From COVID-19

Nonprofits are all over this state, in every industry. They can range from social services, like homeless shelters to art and community centers. And when they can't provide services, communities feel the impacts. COVID-19 has highlighted exactly that. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler found out how some plan to move into the future.

Pandemic Pivots Arapaho Language Program To Virtual Instruction
The idea was to get more students at St. Stephens school interested in becoming fluent in learning Arapaho. Teachers had a plan and then the pandemic hit. Wyoming Public Radio's Taylar Stagner finds out more about a language immersion program that turned to virtual instruction to help save a dying language.

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.
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.
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.
Taylar Dawn Stagner is a central Wyoming rural and tribal reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She has degrees in American Studies, a discipline that interrogates the history and culture of America. She was a Native American Journalist Association Fellow in 2019, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her Modern West podcast episode about drag queens in rural spaces in 2021. Stagner is Arapaho and Shoshone.
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 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.
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.