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May '18: Named a finalist, Metcalf Institute's Science Immersion Fellowship for Journalists.

May '18: Awarded a scholarship by the Center for Cooperative Media to attend the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's convention in Palm Springs, California.

May '18: Named Engagement Editor of Nat. Brut, a literary magazine.

Apr. '18: Reporting for Daily Beast recognized in the News & Trends category by the Best Shortform Science Writing Project.

Mar. '18: "How a Mirror is Made" nominated for the Best New Poets anthology.

Jeanette Beebe (pronounced bee - bee) is a poet and journalist based in New Jersey. Her data-driven news and enterprise reporting on health, science, and tech has appeared in The Daily Beast, PBS' Next Avenue, Scientific American, MSN, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and The Tab. She holds over three years’ experience reporting for NPR member station WHYY as well as the Princeton Alumni Weekly, an editorially independent magazine. And she’s got two sidelines: as a fact-checker (OMNI Magazine, Science History Institute) and as a field producer (BBC, Gimlet, KALW, WBUR, and NPR/ProPublica, which created a series called “Lost Mothers” that was a named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting).

Jeanette holds an A.B. in English from Princeton, and she served as the M.A. Scholar at NYU's Science, Health, & Environmental Reporting Program for one semester. She first got her start in journalism as a reporter for the Daily Princetonian's culture pages, where she managed to interview voting machine researchers a decade before they sounded the alarm that made international headlines. Her short doc Beyond the Boys' Club (a team effort produced with her classmates in a TV news course) won the University Center for Human Values Short Movie Prize. After graduation, she began her career as a freelancer by reporting for local newspapers and websites.

A Pushcart- and Best New Poets-nominated writer, Jeanette serves as the Engagement Editor for Nat. Brut, a literary magazine. At Princeton, she was lucky enough to write a book-length senior poetry thesis advised by Tracy K. Smith. Her poems have appeared in Tinderbox Poetry JournalHeavy Feather ReviewMatador Review, Crab Fat, Rogue AgentDialogist, and elsewhere. Her poem "Adopted" won first prize in the Iowa Poetry Association's Lyrical Iowa competition, and her poem "Given Up" was a semi-finalist for the Crab Creek Review's Poetry Prize. She has performed spoken word poetry across the Midwest and in select venues on the coasts. In addition to workshops at Princeton, Jeanette has studied poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop (Summer Session), the Poets House, and the 92Y. 

At 15, Jeanette started an arts collective, Moving ForWords Productions, to support her hometown poetry slam in Des Moines, Iowa. It co-published three literary (maga)zines, produced theater, and helped raise funds for youth poetry programs with the Juno Collective and the Minnesota Spoken Word Association. With the magic of a Xerox copier, she published four slam poetry chapbooks, including Double Digits on Luin, which is included in the zine collection of In Other Words, a feminist bookstore in Portland, Oregon that was featured in IFC's Portlandia. She also served as a member of the Nassau Literary Review's poetry staff at Princeton, and she has taken on various roles—researcher, transcriptionist, proofreader—as an author's assistant for three nonfiction book projects.

Jeanette is based near Princeton, halfway between New York and Philadelphia. She's lived in New Jersey for over a decade, but she'll always be #IowaNice at heart.