Marni Pyke

Transportation/Projects Writer
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Marni Pyke reports on transportation for the Daily Herald. Her portfolio was recently expanded to include projects. Her beat includes Metra, the Regional Transportation Authority, the Illinois tollway, Pace, aviation and writing a weekly column, "In Transit."

Prior to focusing on transportation, Pyke worked as a DuPage County metro reporter for the Daily Herald covering county government, the forest preserve and politics. She also reported on Naperville and Lisle, after joining the newspaper in 2000.

Previously, Pyke worked as a reporter at the Crystal Lake-based Northwest Herald and at Press Publications in Elmhurst, where she was a reporter and a managing editor. At Press Publications, she received first place at the Illinois Press Association awards for editorial writing.

In 2009, Pyke received first place at the Chicago Headline Club's Peter Lisagor awards for her articles on rescuing birds from skyscrapers, "A Wing and a Prayer." This year, she was a finalist for the investigative series "Seeing Red," on red-light cameras at the Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, and received a second-place award for the same series at the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association Awards.

She has been a guest on several local broadcast programs, including ABC 7 Chicago's Sunday morning news show, "Chicago Tonight" on WTTW, and WBBM radio's "At Issue."

Pyke graduated from Victoria University at the University of Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English and history. She has a graduate certificate in journalism from Sheridan College, Ontario.

Hobbies include hiking, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, keeping her garden in order, and keeping her dog in order. She lives in Downers Grove with her husband.

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Aug 16 2017 | 5:49 pm - Metra directors looked inward for a new executive director to lead the agency. They chose chief mechanical officer James M. Derwinski to take over from outgoing CEO Don Orseno when he retires.

New Metra chief expected to be picked Wednesday

Aug 15 2017 | 5:18 pm - Metra directors will vote on a new executive director Wednesday as railroad expert Don Orseno retires.

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Two Round Lake Heights residents charged with drug crimes

Aug 12 2017 | 1:38 pm - Round Lake Park police arrested two men on drug and weapons charges as part of a wider probe.

Des Plaines motorcycle crash victim named

Aug 12 2017 | 4:18 pm - Authorities have identified the man killed in a motorcycle crash Friday in Des Plaines.

Autopsy set for suspicious death in Elgin; police need tips

Aug 12 2017 | 8:54 pm - Elgin police need assistance investigating what killed a 36-year-old man early Saturday morning.

Backyard party brings cops, community together in Aurora

Aug 12 2017 | 6:36 pm - A backyard party with music, sports and food brings together police and community members in the suburbs.

Vehicles, homes destroyed, residents OK in early morning Schaumburg fire

Aug 12 2017 | 4:07 pm - Residents of four households had to scramble out of their Schaumburg townhouses early Saturday morning after fire broke out in a garage.

Pony Express? Metra adding capacity for Arlington Million race

Aug 09 2017 | 5:09 pm - Metra is adding capacity and offering some bargain fares for the Arlington Million Saturday.

Will the Bears Pace bus be faster this season? Your transit questions answered

Aug 07 2017 | 6:10 am - Is there a chance an unpopular runway will go away? Is the Pace Bears bus faster than guard Kyle Long? Readers ask questions and take shots. Plus, where not to drive.

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