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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Will Kendall County pay to extend Metra to Oswego?

May 25 2015 | 7:00 am - In the same week that brought a preventable Amtrak crash and cuts to federal transit funding, Metra officials approved spending half a million to study an expansion of its BNSF Line into Oswego that may never happen.Sound paradoxical? Wait, there's...

What do Rauner tollway appointments mean for Route 53 extension?

May 22 2015 | 7:51 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner’s choices for Illinois tollway directors give the suburbs sway on the board when the agency is just months away from a critical decision on extending Route 53 into Lake County. Rauner’s picks announced Friday include...

O’Hare breaks ground on nine-story parking structure

May 22 2015 | 4:11 pm - Work is starting on a nine-story mega parking lot at O'Hare International Airport that will consolidate car rentals and allow space for the public to park. It also means an extension of the "people mover" trains.

Tollway looking for consensus on Tri-State fix

May 21 2015 | 6:03 pm - As they eye improvements on the Tri-State, Illinois tollway planners are seeking ideas from communities and others to create a “vision” that might include widening the highway.

Drivers keep on truckin’ despite toll hike

May 20 2015 | 7:24 pm - A lot of truckers are continuing to use the Illinois tollway despite a rate hike instituted January. Numbers show a 5 percent rise in transactions from commercial vehicles after a 40 percent toll hike, financial staff said Wednesday.

Avoid rush hour and get to the airport early this holiday

May 21 2015 | 10:53 am - Hit the tollways and get to O'Hare or Midway early with increases in travel expected this Memorial Day holiday. The days of staycations may be over, which means thousands more en route over the weekend. All the more reason to travel smart, the TSA...

Which driving behavior leads to the most road rage?

May 18 2015 | 7:01 am - What bad driver behavior burns you the most? Is it the "texter?" The "tailgater?" The "crawler?" With the summer driving season one weekend away and construction season in full swing we look at a survey of American drivers and what generates road...

Florida toll agency doesn’t hire Illinois tollway executive

May 14 2015 | 2:12 pm - A Florida toll agency chose an internal candidate for its chief Thursday. Illinois tollway CEO Kristi Lafleur was among the finalists.

Metra months away on ticket app

May 14 2015 | 6:51 pm - We want to get it right, Metra planners told board members Thursday in explaining why a new way of paying fares with smartphones won't debut until this fall. The technology will eventually allow riders to use phones to pay for Metra, CTA and Pace.

IDOT highway plan has a grim prognosis

May 15 2015 | 6:52 am - It's so bad IDOT isn't even pretending to be excited about its long-range road plan anymore. Usually the agency trumpets its annual highway program but with a state budget crisis, words like "difficult" and "deteriorating" characterized the $8...

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