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.
Jeanette Beebe (bee - bee) is a poet and journalist based in New Jersey. Her reporting on public health, science, and tech has appeared in The Daily Beast and Scientific American, and she has reported for NPR's Philadelphia affiliate, WHYY, for over two years (first as a Newsroom Intern). She has contributed to the Princeton Alumni Weekly, an editorially independent print and digital magazine, for over three years, in addition to writing cover stories for the Princeton Echo newspaper. Her work has also appeared in The Tab and the Philadelphia Business Journal.
She's got two sidelines: as a fact-checker-for-hire, and as a freelance recordist. She graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in English and certificates in Creative Writing and Gender & Sexuality Studies, and she was the M.A. Scholar at NYU's Science, Health, & Environmental Reporting Program for one semester.
Through assignments, training, and seminars, she (formerly ze) has developed a beat reporting on gender and women's health (opiate-addicted mothers, eating disorders, body-positive selfies, young women physicists), as well as issues relevant to the LGBTQ community (same-sex marriage, lesbian mothers and their families, bullying in high schools, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance).
Jeanette fell into journalism as a first-year student in college, in Fall 2006. As a staff writer for Street, the culture pages of the Daily Princetonian, she interviewed voting machine researchers a decade before they sounded the alarm that made international headlines. At Princeton, Jeanette took coursework in biography/life writing, narrative nonfiction, TV news, and radio reporting and storytelling.
At Princeton, she was fortunate to be awarded grants and prizes for her critical and creative writing, including the Emily Ebert Junior Prize, the Morris W. Croll Poetry Prize, the Peter B. Lewis Summer Fund Grant, and Mathey College's "Reflections on Diversity" Writing Contest (First Prize). Her short doc Beyond the Boys' Club, which she collaboratively produced with her classmates in a TV news course, won the Princeton University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Short Movie Prize.
Jeanette got her start in publishing at age 15, when she founded 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 $20,000 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: Wry Rhetoric (2004), Beyond Balloon Animals (2005), Checking In (2006), and Double Digits on Luin (2007), which is included in the zine collection of In Other Words, a feminist bookstore and community center in Portland, Oregon (satirized in IFC's Portlandia).
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. Her poems have appeared in Heavy Feather Review, Matador Review, Nat Brut, Rogue Agent, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere, and are forthcoming in Avatar Review, Dialogist, and Fjords Review. She has performed slam 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.
As an editorial assistant and writer's assistant, Jeanette has taken on various roles—researcher, transcriptionist, proofreader, copyeditor—for three nonfiction book projects: Powerhouse: The Untold History of Hollywood’s CAA (Custom House Books / HarperCollins); Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN (Back Bay Books / Little, Brown); and Understanding Shiite Leadership: The Art of the Middle Ground in Iran and Lebanon (Cambridge University Press).
Jeanette is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Association of Independents in Radio, the NLGJA, and the Online News Association's New Jersey chapter. Though she's been based in New Jersey for over a decade, she'll always be #IowaNice.