Joseph Wheelan was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press for 24 years in Cheyenne, Wyo.; Denver; Little Rock; and Raleigh, N.C. While news editor in the AP’s Denver and Raleigh bureaus, Wheelan directed team, feature and investigative reporting projects while supervising daily news coverage. He also reviewed books for the AP and, among other things, wrote about the Korean War and the continuing battle by its veterans to obtain government benefits for cold-weather injuries.
Before joining the AP, he was a reporter and state editor for the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune. Wheelan is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and the University of Colorado-Denver. He and his wife, Pat, a research scientist, have two grown daughters, Sarah and Ann, and live in Cary, N.C