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The UPR newsroom goes to Panama

UPR Reporter Colleen Meidt, News Director Sheri Quinn, and researcher Jerry Schneider stand in front of an enormous tree.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Jerry Schneider at USU's Beckman Lab shows the UPR news team a Ceiba tree with buttress roots in the tropical forest on Barro Colorado Island in Panama.

Utah Public Radio is partnering with Utah State University’s Biology Department and Ecology Center to gather and share stories about research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panama. UPR News Director Sheri Quinn and science reporter Colleen Meidt are meeting with Jerry Schneider, PhD postdoctoral fellow in the Beckman Lab. They will be gathering sound and interviews in Panama thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.