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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Nightly runway rotation at O’Hare could be back

Jan 13 2017 | 5:54 pm - Another overnight runway rotation test could take off at O’Hare this year, a jet noise reduction group said Friday.

Bus drivers in Antioch, Lake Villa taking union vote

Jan 12 2017 | 5:43 pm - Numerous Lake County school bus drivers employed by a student transportation contractor involved in a fatal crash in Tennessee last year will vote Friday on whether to join the Teamsters union. The decision includes drivers for Antioch High School...

Winds delay flights, mess up traffic as Obama arrives in Chicago

Jan 10 2017 | 7:39 pm - High winds in Chicago are delaying flights, and likely snarling traffic as President Obama arrives for his final address.

Would you carpool or pay a toll to travel faster on the Eisenhower Expressway

Jan 09 2017 | 10:31 am - The Illinois Department of Transportation has a revolutionary fix for an Eisenhower Expressway bottleneck: new lanes where you either carpool or pay a toll. You’ve got until mid-February to comment.

Metra passengers can vote on most annoying habits of fellow riders

Jan 03 2017 | 12:22 pm - Letting it rip when you sneeze? Manspreading? Swearing on your cell? Metra wants you to vote on the worst train manners for its ‘ride nice’ campaign.

Customs investigates cause of computer outage at airports

Jan 03 2017 | 6:51 pm - Holiday travelers including some at O’Hare hit a snag when a computer malfunction slowed U.S. Customs and Border Protection checks.

Metra hikes to electric bikes: 2017’s transportation forecast

Jan 02 2017 | 10:16 am - End of Route 53 extension? Metra fare hikes? The earmark is back? Uber under attack? Electric bikes? Here are your 2017 transportation predictions.

New technology speeds pilot, air traffic controller communication

Dec 26 2016 | 8:51 am - An airplane flight plan deviation can lead to lost time, spent fuel and a cranky cabin. But the FAA’s new communications system is expected to reduce delays and prevent pilot-to-tower disconnects.

Tollway budgets $10 million for Route 53 extension study

Dec 16 2016 | 8:39 am - The tollway will still pursue a study of extending Route 53 north despite pressure to nix it. The 2017 budget approved Thursday reflects that with $10 million slotted for the project.

NTSB: Sherman’s plane crashed minutes after takeoff; night flying an issue

Dec 15 2016 | 5:43 pm - A report Thursday indicates Rob Sherman’s plane crashed minutes after takeoff. The well-known atheist activist was flying after dark, contrary to restrictions on the type of license he had.

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