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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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Pyke: Snow-covered paths leave cyclists, walkers on thin ice

Jan 26 2015 | 8:59 am - When it snows, drivers expect plowed streets as soon as possible -- and usually get them. Bikers and pedestrians, however, have to slog through snow-covered paths. “In general, walking and biking are treated as second-class forms of...

Which regional roads offer the least pleasant drives? New site helps you find out

Jan 26 2015 | 4:56 am - Whose Metra station boards the most passengers? How many blocked crossings are there in Chicagoland? How bad is congestion in the region? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning offers some funky, new interactive data that answers those...

Advisory group gives paws-up to (portable) pets on Metra

Jan 24 2015 | 1:22 am - Yorkies, yes. Great Danes, no. If you've got a quiet, small, well-behaved pet who's a rail fan, rejoice. Metra is primed to vote on allowing pets on trains under limited circumstances.

Purple? Green? Yellow? Tollways mulls over new signs

Jan 22 2015 | 3:54 pm - "Quit tailgating the Honda Civic!" OK, it won't get as specific as that but the Illinois tollway hopes to excite drivers with multi-colored dynamic message signs in the future starting on the Jane Addams Tollway. What prototype signs bombed and...

Tollway looks to hire minority contractors

Jan 21 2015 | 9:24 pm - Despite uncertainties about Gov. Rauner's plans for tollway leadership, you can count on one thing Jane Addams commuters - road work this summer. But as the tollway continues a massive construction program, concerns emerged about including more...

O'Hare takes back busiest airport title

Jan 22 2015 | 7:28 am - Take that Atlanta. Official tallies from the FAA crown O'Hare as the nation's busiest airport in 2014. The title had belonged to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Pyke: Transportation agencies wading through Rauner's orders

Jan 19 2015 | 5:57 am - Is Gov. Bruce Rauner's word law or are growing pains emerging as he and a massive state bureaucracy come to grips? We look at how Rauner's ban on new hiring fared at the Illinois tollway, and what last week's executive orders mean for summer road...

No bottom line yet on replacing Metra’s flippable seats

Jan 17 2015 | 12:15 am - Will Metra flip on its flippable seats? Could that be a flop and cause a flap with riders? That's why the agency is testing new seats and configurations before buying new rail cars and rehabbing old ones.

CEO: Canadian National Railroad not ‘problem child’

Jan 14 2015 | 7:19 pm - CN chief Claude Mongeau asks for a fair hearing on the railroad giant actions following its purchase of the smaller EJ&E railroad. The Canadian National Railway got an unexpected smackdown in December when federal scrutiny of its expansion was...

How will Rauner’s contract ban affect construction season?

Jan 14 2015 | 8:02 pm - What will Bruce Rauner's smackdown on contracts mean for summer roadwork? It's anyone's guess. And will the new governor's nomination of Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency CEO Randy Blankenhorn as new IDOT secretary be a bellwether for the Route...

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