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A Conversation With Wanjiku Gatheru, UConn's First Rhodes Scholar

Chion Wolf
Connecticut Public Radio
Wanjiku Gatheru

Wanjiku Gatheru is the daughter of Kenyan immigrants and a first-generation American. Now, the UConn senior has made university history as the school’s first-ever Rhodes Scholar.

This hour we sit down with Gatheru. We talk about her life growing up in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, and find out why she’s pursuing a career in environmental justice.

Later, we talk about strategies to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. What role can New England’s forests play in combating climate change?


  • Wanjiku Gatheru - UConn senior who will graduate in Spring 2020; she is the first Rhodes Scholar in UConn’s history (@wawagatheru)
  • Dr. Bill Keeton - Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry at University of Vermont

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.
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