Carolyn Beeler has always admired public radio's potential for "insightful, in-depth reporting and substantial analysis," and her record proves it. A health and science reporter whose work is regularly featured on WHYY-FM and NewsWorks.org and one of the station's youngest beat reporters, she already has more noteworthy experience than can fit the standard CV.
As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Beeler first satisfied her penchant for socially conscious writing by interning with The Big Issue in Cape Town, South Africa. "The magazine was produced almost entirely by volunteers and sold by the local homeless as a means of job training and financial independence," she said. Beeler then received a grant to report on Aboriginal reconciliation politics in Australia.
"My experience abroad taught me how to research topics I knew little about and how to find knowledgeable and reliable sources," Beeler said. "I had to hit the ground running in a new place." This fiery resolve would later carry her through the transition to science reporting at WHYY, something she had never done before.
After graduating in 2009, Beeler honed her journalistic prowess as a distinguished Kroc Fellow for NPR news in Washington, D.C. There she learned from many veteran journalists and credits the fellowship enabling her to land a job at WHYY.
"My time at NPR taught me the basics of everything I do today -- radio reporting, production and voicing, repurposing content for the Web and pitching stories in news meetings," she said. "I have grown and learned a great deal since my crash course in public radio there, but I would not be where I am today without the foundation I got at NPR."
Since joining the WHYY staff in 2010, Beeler has found no shortage of adventure. She has reported on everything from the outbreak of a mysterious fungus that is desecrating local bat populations, which took her to an abandoned mineshaft outside Allentown, Pa., to exploding jellyfish populations along the Jersey Shore.
Although some reporters loathe the long hours and daily grind of following a beat, Beeler is thriving in her newest role. "I've found that I really enjoy science reporting, and I feel honored to cut my teeth as a reporter in this environment," she said. "The fun of storytelling with sound makes it all worth it."