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Graycen Wheeler

Graycen Wheeler is a reporter covering water issues at KOSU. She joined KOSU in June 2022 as a corps member with Report for America, a GroundTruth initiative that places emerging journalists in newsrooms across the country.

Wheeler grew up in Norman and attended the University of Oklahoma, where she studied biochemistry. She started writing and podcasting about science news while she was a graduate researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. Wheeler realized that becoming a journalist would allow her to combine her love for her local community with the puzzle-solving penchant that had drawn her to science. So, after earning her doctorate in biochemistry, she completed a master’s in science journalism at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

While in Santa Cruz, Wheeler wrote about science and technology for outlets including Science, Symmetry Magazine and Mongabay. She also covered local news, particularly housing and environmental issues, for the Monterey Herald, San Jose Mercury News and Santa Cruz Local.