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'I Don't Like Feeling Helpless, I Feel Like I Am Just Waiting'

Chelsea Stanfield / KOSU Radio
Berkeley Ulrey and his mother Kit Waters at the Miami Chamber of Commerce. Waters is recording a daily diary of what self-quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic has been like for their family.

This post was updated on May 11, 2020.  

Kit Waters is a homeschool mother who lives in Miami, Oklahoma with her husband Chuck and son Berkeley. She talks about how the pandemic is changing the way homeschooling operates for her family, not being able to visit family members who are hospitalized and feeling helpless amidst a growing pandemic. Kit recorded audio diaries for KOSU Radio that aired on March 31, 2020.

You can learn more on how to record your own audio diary for KOSU here


KOSU's Kateleigh Mills produced this story as part of the America Amplified initiative using community engagement to inform and strengthen local, regional and national journalism. America Amplified is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. KOSU Radio is part of the America Amplified network.



Kateleigh Mills has been reaching out to Oklahomans across the state to record first-person oral histories during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. These 'audio diaries' are being stored and archived by the Oklahoma Historical Society.


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Kateleigh Mills returned to KOSU in December 2019 as Special Projects Reporter, following a year-long stint at KWBU in Waco, Texas.