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
He and his wife, Pat, a research scientist, have two grown
daughters, Sarah and Ann, and live in Cary, N.C.