Beth Wallis is a journalism senior with a minor in political science at The University of Oklahoma. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in conducting performance, and then went on to teach band at a public school for five years. She works for Norman’s local NPR affiliate, KGOU, as a news reporter. She has also worked for the university’s student newspaper, The OU Daily, as a reporter, news managing editor, news editor and now works as the enterprise editor. She will graduate in December 2021.

Beth is a 2021 News21 Fellowship alum and an NPR Next Generation Radio alum. She was recently ranked in the nation’s top 20 for the Hearst Awards’ Explanatory Reporting division and was a regional finalist in the Society of Professional Journalists for her story, “A Town Divided.” She also won third place in the Oklahoma Broadcast Educators Association’s annual contest for her podcast, “At the Seams.” Bylines include NPR, Indian Country Today, KGOU, The Oklahoman, The Norman Transcript, KFOR, Cronkite News and News21.

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