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Marie Wilson

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Marie Wilson has worked full-time for the Daily Herald since September 2010, and has been covering Naperville since June 2013 after starting in Aurora and Lombard. She graduated tied for first in class rank from the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2010, with a major in News-Editorial Journalism and a minor in Gender and Women's Studies.

Wilson grew up in Wheeling and has known she wanted to be a journalist since she was 12. Before coming to the Daily Herald full-time, she interned as a reporter at the Naperville Sun, Daily Herald and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Her work also has appeared in the Champaign News-Gazette, The Daily Illini and the Wheeling Countryside. In 2013, Wilson received two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club -- one for her work on a series about Title IX and its effects on gender equality in public education, and another her contribution to coverage of the stabbing deaths of two children in Naperville. Wilson won fourth place in the 2010 Hearst Journalism Awards multimedia competition for a news website she produced about a plan to bring better broadband Internet access to Champaign-Urbana. She was a research and writing assistant for a book about the history of campus architecture at the University of Illinois, which has yet to be published. You can find Wilson on Twitter @mariewilson9 and on Facebook at

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Batavia couple planning Naperville marijuana dispensary

Jul 30 2014 | 4:20 pm - Traci and Hugo Fernandez already fight the pain and paralysis of chronic spinal cord injuries through a nonprofit organization they created, the United Paralysis Foundation. Now the Batavia couple are coming at spinal cord injuries from another...

Mystery business proposal heading to Naperville council

Jul 29 2014 | 3:48 pm - Naperville decision-makers say they don’t know exactly which business is looking to develop a new research and office building on roughly 13 acres at Warrenville Road and Lucent Lane, but so far, they’re OK with that. “I thought...

DuPage County manufacturing incubator nearing launch

Jul 29 2014 | 9:41 am - An innovation center that aims to provide entrepreneurs with space and manufacturing technology to launch their ideas is soon to have a home in DuPage County. Rev3 Innovation Center expects to choose a site in the next few weeks, said Nic Zito,...

New Naperville humane director loves ‘seeing the animals go home’

Jul 23 2014 | 5:27 am - Anna Payton, new executive director of the Naperville Area Humane Society, says she wants the organization to become even more well-known as the community's primary resource for animal welfare. Payton, 33, of Plainfield, said she loves "seeing the...

Signs, audio to assist Knoch Knolls Nature Center visitors

Jul 26 2014 | 12:41 am - The new Knoch Knolls Nature Center property will have seven signs and audio tours designed to help people with vision or hearing difficulties thanks to a $35,000 donation from the Naperville Noon Lions Club. “These signs are to assist visually...

North Central science center plan too big, panel says

Jul 25 2014 | 6:19 am - Historic preservation commission members in Naperville who denied North Central College's request to demolish six structures to make way for a new science center said Thursday night they were most concerned with the mass of the proposed science...

Summer construction improving 3 schools in Dist. 203

Jul 25 2014 | 6:12 pm - Construction this summer is adding multipurpose space, improving security and updating science facilities at three schools in Naperville Unit District 203, including Naperville North High School, where a chemistry lab that used to be an art room is...

Naperville boutique holding event on Riverwalk to help Women At Risk

Jul 23 2014 | 3:09 pm - A Naperville boutique that supports international programs to get women out of prostitution and human trafficking is taking its cause to the Riverwalk on Saturday during a new, free event. WAR Chest Boutique is hosting the first Celebrate Hope event...

Thome’s hitting tips to Lisle kids: ‘Don’t get down on yourself’

Jul 23 2014 | 11:30 pm - When Jim Thome helped out Wednesday at a Bulls/Sox Academy baseball camp in Lisle, it wasn’t all about the kids. It was about their families, too, as the former White Sox designated hitter answered questions from parents like Tracy Swinford...

Landscapers to dress up Naperville humane society sculpture

Jul 22 2014 | 5:46 pm - A sculpture to honor the founders of the Naperville Area Humane Society is getting a boost from a Naperville organization with a strong past in public art. “We had the money to buy the sculpture and buy a plaque,” Gail Diedrichsen, a...

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