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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Chicago Auto Show debuts hot new cars, but dealers are thinking SUVs

Feb 11 2016 | 10:42 am - Over here - fuel efficiency! Over here - 400 horsepower! Over here - driverless cars! The Chicago Auto Show vrooms into town Saturday through Feb. 21. Muscle cars like Chevy’s latest Camaro will compete with Kia’s new Niro hybrid SUV.

What IDOT plans to do with potential $84.7 million windfall

Feb 11 2016 | 2:36 pm - Is Illinois in line for a $84 million windfall for its disheveled transportation infrastructure? It could happen as the feds dust off some shelved earmark money.

Metra Union Pacific West Line resumes normal schedule

Feb 11 2016 | 10:59 am - The Metra Union Pacific West Line is operating on its normal schedule after completion of repairs following a Tuesday morning fire that damaged switches and signals.

Two Metra’s UP West Line trains canceled for Thursday

Feb 10 2016 | 6:30 pm - Some cancellations will continue for Metra Union Pacific West Line trains Thursday morning, but officials estimate the service — disrupted as a result of a fire on Tuesday — will be back to normal by midday.

State lawmaker pushing for online red-light camera data

Feb 09 2016 | 6:32 pm - State Rep. David Harris wants red-light camera crash data for intersections across the state posted annually on IDOT’s website to increase transparency. His proposed law comes after a Daily Herald investigation finding crash increases at some...

NTSB hopes threat of higher insurance rates stop unsafe truckers

Feb 09 2016 | 5:50 pm - Bureaucratic failures by federal regulators to discipline unsafe trucking companies played a role in the fatal I-88 crash near Naperville that killed a tollway worker, the NTSB said Tuesday. One reform would mean informing insurers of risky trucking...

Fire causes delays on UP West through Thursday

Feb 10 2016 | 10:09 am - As a result of a fire that damaged vital switches and signals Tuesday, Metra commuters on the UP West Line can expect delays continuing into Thursday.

Pyke: Hot cars, cheap gas, high energy at Chicago Auto Show

Feb 07 2016 | 11:29 pm - It's back to the future at the Chicago Auto Show with a resurgence of SUVs and Marty McFly's dream pickup on display. Plus an electric car that's practical, sports cars to die for and more when the auto show opens this week.

NTSB to rule on deadly crash near Naperville

Feb 04 2016 | 4:36 pm - The National Transportation Safety Board will meet Tuesday to rule on the cause of a 2014 fatal truck crash that killed an Illinois tollway worker on I-88 near Naperville.

Would you pay to go faster on I-55?

Feb 04 2016 | 4:34 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to jumpstart IDOT’s plan to create managed lanes on I-55 where drivers would pay a toll to use an express lane. Here’s more about it.

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