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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Metra exploring partnership with ride service

Jul 28 2016 | 5:23 pm - Metra intends to partner with a ride-provider service to raise revenues and assist passengers arriving at stations where there’s limited transit.

Zoning out? Metra consultants to rethink fare structure

Jul 27 2016 | 4:16 pm - Everyone’s used to Metra fares based on zones such as Lisle or Arlington Heights to Chicago. But what if Metra charged a flat fee or you paid more during rush hour and less at slow times? The agency will study a new fare structure this year.

Why no shoes? TSA demystifies airport security

Jul 25 2016 | 6:28 pm - Why am I barefoot? Why is my shampoo in a tiny, leaking container? Why do you think all 80-year-olds are innocuous? The TSA demystifies its airport security protocols.

What changes are in store at O’Hare

Jul 23 2016 | 5:57 pm - Western access to O’Hare is moving along, and a people-mover train connecting the east and west sides of the airport will be coming later, according to Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans.

Pilot killed as plane crashes into Plainfield-area subdivision

Jul 22 2016 | 5:59 am - A small airplane plummeted into a subdivision Thursday morning in the Plainfield-Joliet area, killing one person aboard and sparking a house fire, authorities said.

Metra trains will slow down during heat wave

Jul 21 2016 | 5:51 pm - It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the Metra tracks. And that egg will be well-done because as the temperatures rise, trains travel slower.

Southwest Airlines apologizes for delays as it rebounds from outage

Jul 20 2016 | 10:23 pm - Southwest Airlines officials said late Wednesday night they were reducing the number of flights as they continued to deal with a major computer outage that grounded flights in Chicago and across the country.

Tollway seeking to increase hiring of minority contractors

Jul 21 2016 | 9:52 am - Firms owned by white men still get the lion’s share of tollway contracts, and directors are taking steps to improve minority participation.

O’Hare gate expansions good news for western access, Cronin says

Jul 19 2016 | 7:15 pm - The latest O’Hare expansion plan makes no mention of a western terminal, but concepts such as a people-mover train and more gates on the west side are cause for celebration, according to DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin.

After $5M in modifications, luxury Airbus A380 lands at O'Hare

Jul 20 2016 | 11:27 am - Private suites, lie-flat beds, a lounge, showers, free Wi-Fi and a 261-foot wing span glided into O'Hare International Airport Tuesday. The world's largest commercial airplane, the Airbus A380, arrived at Terminal 5, berthing at a gate which...

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