Jeanette Beebe is a poet and journalist based in Princeton, New Jersey.

 
Mauerpark, Berlin

Mauerpark, Berlin

 

As a freelance reporter, she covers radio news for "Morning Edition" on NPR member station WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, with stories on Newsworks.org. She also regularly produces print, web, and audio profiles for the Princeton Alumni Weekly

Her current passion is science, tech, and health reporting, which has taken her to the launch of the world's most powerful spherical tokamak fusion reactor, to tracking white-nose syndrome's impact on bats in Pennsylvania caves (and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's work at the Central Park Zoo), to following a New Jersey conservation leader's efforts against invasive species. 

Jeanette has reported on an uptick in Hepatitis C cases among heroin users in New Jersey, and on a rising trend of kidney transplants begun on Craigslist. She's profiled an environmentalist turned geographer who penned a Pushcart-nominated memoir, a cancer survivor and psychiatrist turned playwright, and a medical anthropologist at the mouth of the Amazon.

She believes science is for everyone. As she notes in this story from the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, it can be challenging for scientists to “translate” their work without “dumbing it down.” That's why, as a reporter, she tries to ask simple questions so science makes sense — for the rest of us.

As a poet with an indie publishing background, her first interests as a young journalist were arts/culture stories. Her stint at the Daily Princetonian's "Street" section has led to arts profiles and features in Planet Princeton, the Princeton Echo, and elsewhere. 

Jeanette has developed a beat reporting on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community, including same-sex marriage, transphobic bullying in high schools, same-sex adoption, workplace discrimination based on gender identity, and the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

She holds a deep interest in reporting with gender at the center — or put another way, "women's issues" — including a radio story featuring Gloria Steinem, a post on The Tab on body-positive selfies, and an award-winning short film, "Beyond the Boys' Club."

An Iowa native, Jeanette has lived on the East Coast for over a decade. She's based in Princeton, New Jersey, halfway between New York and Philadelphia. Have a story idea about anything along the Northeast Corridor? Stop by and say hi: jb@jeanettebeebe.com.