Caleb O’Brien is pursuing a master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism. He has reported on mine reclamation projects, the cleanup of a manufactured gas plant in downtown Columbia, a tomato festival, a solo kayaker traversing the length of the Missouri river and the local repercussions of national stories (such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the partial government shutdown).
O’Brien studied Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. Afterwards, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Paraguay from 2009 to 2011. His work there focused on beekeeping, sustainable agriculture and health.
Then, after a year of traveling and volunteering around South America (and an interlude working retail in Arlington, Va.), he served as a agribusiness specialist in Panama through Peace Corps Response. He helped a farmers’ cooperative located within the Canal watershed to implement sustainable agriculture techniques and market an organic hot sauce.