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 security is available after CTA robberies?

Apr 30 2016 | 5:02 am - A 19-year-old woman was attacked in the middle of the morning on the CTA Blue Line, raising questions about what options commuters have to stay safe on Metra and CTA trains.

No free tolls, but free trees from tollway this Arbor Day

Apr 28 2016 | 6:19 pm - The Illinois tollway is celebrating Arbor Day by giving away tree seedlings Friday at its headquarters in Downers Grove and at oases.

Misdemeanors might mean tickets over arrests on Metra in Cook County

Apr 27 2016 | 5:46 pm - Metra’s police department is shifting from arresting people for some misdemeanors like pot possession to ticketing them in Cook County. The move will put more officers on the streets, officials said. The agency will also outsource its 911...

NFL Draft Town means Chicago road closures

Apr 26 2016 | 6:35 pm - As Chicago embraces its transformation into NFL Draft Town this week, here’s the lowdown on road closures so those venturing into the city this week can avoid being blindsided by traffic.

Kids can hop on Metra to mom or dad’s job for free Thursday

Apr 26 2016 | 7:29 pm - Metra is offering free rides to kids who tag along with their parents during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day this Thursday.

Local college layoffs stand despite state budget progress

Apr 22 2016 | 8:52 pm - Layoffs announced by two suburban community colleges in recent weeks won’t be reversed in spite of state officials’ move Friday to approve an “emergency” budget for colleges and universities intended to keep them afloat...

Tollway hugging trees, wants to plant 58,000

Apr 21 2016 | 7:57 pm - Forget the gridlock, enjoy the lilacs. The Illinois tollway is embarking on a tree-planting odyssey envisioning a forest 58,000 strong. Sounds great, but don’t expect Muir Woods overnight, board members said.

A wider I-294? Solutions sought for central Tri-State

Apr 21 2016 | 6:36 pm - Would you like less congestion on the central Tri-State? How about fixing the horrendous I-88, I-294, I-290 merge? Tollway planners are dreaming big when it comes to redoing the central Tri-State, but better comes at a price.

Tech experts point to Ventra app vulnerability

Apr 20 2016 | 7:43 pm - A high-tech security firm pointed out a weak spot in Metra’s Ventra app that could cost the agency big bucks if hacked. Metra officials say a fix is in the works.

Runway rotation plan gets another vote in May

Apr 19 2016 | 5:21 pm - A weekly O’Hare runway rotation intended to distribute jet noise evenly is back in contention. But does more information mean a two-thirds consensus of an influential airport advisory group?

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