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Jeanette Beebe is a 

poet & independent journalist.

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She covers public health, medicine, neuroscience, tech, & the politics & policy that propel health care.

Her reporting often follows under-served populations  — especially seniors and their caregivers, women, and the LGBTQ community — as they work, see the doctor, make time for family, pay bills, and vote.

Jeanette reports health and science stories for The Daily Beast, and she has reported for NPR's Philadelphia affiliate (WHYY) for over two years (first as a Newsroom Intern). Her radio stories air on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and NewsWorks Tonight, with web stories on

She's got two sidelines: as an in-person recordist (BBC, Gimlet Media, NPR's investigative desk, WBUR) and as a fact-checker-for-hire.

Her Scientific American story on the world's first pizza chef robot was called "creepier than lice and spiders" by The New York Post. Her reporting has also appeared in the Philadelphia Business JournalThe Tab, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Born and raised in Iowa,  Jeanette has lived in New Jersey for over a decade. Based in Princeton, halfway between New York and Philadelphia, Jeanette is a long-time commuter, and travels light.

Jeanette holds an A.B. in English from Princeton, where she was lucky enough to write a book-length poetry thesis advised by Tracy K. Smith. Her poem "How A Mirror Is Made" was nominated for the 2018 Best New Poets anthology, and her poem "A Color a Man Can't Be—Or, How to Cover Up" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem "Given Up" was a semi-finalist for the Crab Creek Review's Poetry Prize. Her poems have also appeared in Heavy Feather Review, Matador Review, Nat BrutRogue Agent, Tinderbox Poetry Reviewand elsewhere, and are forthcoming in Avatar Review, Construction, Dialogist, and Fjords Review. 

Jeanette got her start in journalism as a staff writer for the culture section of the Daily Princetonian, where she interviewed voting machine researchers a decade before they sounded the alarm that made international headlines.

Her reporting 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. She's 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 memoirist, a cancer survivor and psychiatrist turned playwright, and a medical anthropologist in the Amazon.

Through reporting assignments, training, and seminars — including the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association's Student Project in Washington, D.C. — Jeanette has developed a beat reporting on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community, with stories on same-sex marriage, same-sex adoption, gender identity-based workplace discrimination, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance. She reported a radio story for WHYY on eating disorders featuring Gloria Steinem, and filed stories on body-positive selfies and young women physicists for The Tab