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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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What’s to prevent another school bus tragedy?

Dec 05 2016 | 9:14 am - After a fatal Chattanooga crash involving a Downers Grove school bus company, questions are surfacing about proper screening and training of drivers. Here’s what Illinois and suburban school districts require.

O’Hare runway rotation will go away at Christmas

Nov 30 2016 | 6:46 pm - Hopes of easily extending an O’Hare runway rotation that’s given some residents quiet at night were dashed Wednesday. Chicago officials said a detailed analysis of the six-month test that ends Dec. 25 is needed and federal rules...

O’Hare workers striking for higher wages; airlines say flights unaffected

Nov 29 2016 | 4:41 pm - Chanting “Fight for $15,” baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors and wheelchair attendants picketed for better wages and benefits at O’Hare International Airport. The labor action did not disrupt service, officials said.

Huge disruptions not expected from O'Hare strike

Nov 29 2016 | 9:41 am - Hundreds of baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants will go on strike at O'Hare Tuesday. Airline officials say they're prepared to handle it.

Could ‘managed’ toll lanes come to the Ike?

Nov 28 2016 | 5:57 pm - IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn hinted that tolled lanes to ease congestion on I-55 could spread, possibly to the Eisenhower

Will Trump’s $1 trillion answer suburban transportation wishes?

Nov 28 2016 | 10:03 am - One trillion dollars in infrastructure spending under Trump. A guarantee that state gas taxes will go to transportation. Are all our suburban road and transit wishes about to be met, or is this too good to be true?

Feud over railroad land tollway wants for bypass could cost public ‘millions’

Nov 23 2016 | 8:21 pm - Illinois tollway leaders are asking federal regulators to side with them on taking Canadian Pacific Railroad land they want to build a ring road on the west side of O’Hare. Not so fast, CP says.

Suburbanites greet loved ones at O’Hare home for Thanksgiving

Nov 23 2016 | 4:13 pm - Beaming grandparents and grandkids. Freshmen glad to sleep in their own beds. Couples reunited. O’Hare travelers enjoyed some Hallmark moments the day before Thanksgiving.

Tolls not keeping drivers off Route 390

Nov 21 2016 | 9:22 am - So much for boycotting Route 390 after it became a toll road. While some drivers still swear off the former Elgin O’Hare Expressway, thousands more are using it than originally estimated, data show. Does that mean a decrease in the...

O’Hare airport workers to strike next Tuesday

Nov 21 2016 | 4:08 pm - About 500 workers at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago say they’ll strike Nov. 29, after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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