Jeanette Beebe Poet & Journalist

Jeanette Beebe is a poet & journalist.


For the NPR station based in Philadelphia, WHYY, she reports and produces news spots and features. Her radio stories air on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the NewsWorks Tonight podcast, with web stories on 

Her reporting has also appeared in Scientific American, the Philadelphia Business JournalThe Tab, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly.


As a reporter, she traces what happens when leaders and government officials make announcements, fund programs, and change policy.  She follows how big topics — healthcare, technology, unemployment, education, the spread of disease — are actually felt by real people in their daily lives, as they work, see the doctor, pay bills, go to school, enjoy culture, and vote.

An Iowa native, Jeanette has lived on the East Coast for over a decade. She holds an A.B. in English with certificates in Creative Writing and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Princeton University. Her senior thesis, An Instrument for Blinking (Poems), was advised by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, though her first poems were Xeroxed and stapled in chapbooks to support her former arts collective, Moving ForWords Productions, and her hometown poetry slam. 

As a poet with an indie publishing background, her first bylines as a staff writer for the Daily Princetonian's Street section were a mix of arts and culture stories. 

Through reporting assignments, training, and seminars — including the 2008 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, including same-sex marriage, bullying in high schools, same-sex adoption, workplace discrimination based on gender identity, and the 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 for WHYY/Newsworks featuring Gloria Steinem, an award-winning short film, "Beyond the Boys' Club", and articles on body-positive selfies and young women physicists for The Tab. She's also written a series of profiles of young women for the Princeton Alumni Weekly: a Sri Lankan activist's work with children, a theater director's debut at Lincoln Center, a precocious opera composer's world premiere, a conservation leader's advocacy, and a historian's dedication to a local landmark.

She believes science is for everyone. 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 at the mouth of the Amazon.

Jeanette is based in Princeton, NJ, halfway between New York and Philadelphia.

As Poynter reports in a "Local Edition" story, Jeanette is a long-time commuter, and travels light. Have a story idea about anything along the Northeast Corridor? Stop by and say hi: