Seth Bodine reports for KOSU in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he covers agriculture and rural issues on a new beat that’s aimed not only at rural Oklahomans but those in cities and suburbs who aren’t connected to farming. It’s something he knows well. Bodine covered agriculture, business and culture for KBIA, the NPR affiliate station in Columbia, Missouri. He also covered the 2020 Missouri Legislature for the Missouri Broadcasters Association and KMOX-St. Louis. Previously, he was an intern at Missouri Business Alert, Denver Business Journal and the Colorado Springs Gazette. His work has been picked up by dozens of publications, including U.S. News & World Report, The Associated Press and The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. Bodine graduated with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English creative writing from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Beat: Agriculture and rural issues in Oklahoma
Oklahoma has a few agricultural reporters, but they are mainly industry communicators who speak to other producers. There is little communication designed for consumers with little or no agricultural background. KOSU bridgees that gap with this reporter, who covers agriculture and rural issues in an effort to increase understanding by people who are primarily urban dwellers disconnected from production agriculture.