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Oct. ‘18: Named judge of Interboard Poetry Community’s contest.

Oct. ‘18: Began writing the daily NJ News Commons newsletter, a project of the Center for Cooperative Media.

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 Social Media Manager (now Engagement Editor) of Nat. Brut, a magazine devoted to work that “has been buried, ignored, or has disappeared from public consciousness. […] by artists and writers who are trained and untrained, emerging and established.”

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’s last name sounds like two creatures buzzing. Her reporting on medicine, tech, and the politics and policies that propel health care has appeared in The Daily Beast, Forbes, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Fast Company, MarketWatch, and PBS's Next Avenue. She has reported for NPR member station WHYY in Philadelphia for over three years, first as a newsroom intern. She is a fact-checker for hire, and her work as a freelance field recordist has been broadcast by the BBC, Gimlet Media, KALW, WBUR, and NPR/ProPublica’s “Lost Mothers” series, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

Jeanette holds an A.B. in English with certificates in Creative Writing and Gender & Sexuality Studies 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 somehow 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. She began working as a freelancer after graduation, reporting for local newspapers and the Princeton Alumni Weekly, an editorially independent magazine that prints monthly.

A Pushcart- and Best New Poets-nominated writer, Jeanette serves as the Engagement Editor for Nat. Brut, a magazine committed to featuring work that’s accessible for everybody. At Princeton, she was lucky enough to write a book-length senior poetry thesis advised by Tracy K. Smith—it was called An Instrument for Blinking. 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 a few venues on the coasts. Jeanette has also worked on poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop (Summer Session), the Poets House, and the 92Y in New York. 

At 15, Jeanette started an arts collective, Moving ForWords Productions, to support her hometown poetry slam in Des Moines, Iowa. It collaboratively 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 in the Twin Cities. With the magic of a Xerox copier, she published four slam poetry chapbooks, including Double Digits on Luin—and one copy somehow made it into the zine collection of In Other Words, a feminist bookstore in Portland.

She is based in New Jersey, halfway between New York and Philadelphia.