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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Amid frustration over election, suburban campaign volunteers fight on

Oct 23 2016 | 11:36 pm - Amid frustration over the national election, foot soldiers on the campaign trail work to make their cases about suburban races.

Murdered man's demolition firm hired by Rosemont, regularly gave to mayor's campaign

Oct 21 2016 | 1:29 pm - Rosemont's mayor sees no conflicts in receiving campaign funds from Omega Demolition Corp. although the village has hired it for multiple projects. The troubled company was recently fined after a fatal accident on I-90. In a separate occurrence,...

Tollway aims to boost minority jobs by teaching construction skills

Oct 19 2016 | 4:49 pm - The Illinois tollway plans to increase the number of minorities working on tollway projects by creating a center teaching construction-related skills.

Some Metra riders will see train times on new screens

Oct 17 2016 | 4:33 pm - Metra will install digital message boards at downtown and some suburban stations that tell riders when trains are arriving plus weather and delay information.

Feds blame Elgin company for worker’s death on I-90 bridge

Oct 17 2016 | 6:43 pm - Federal regulators imposed a $152,000 fine on Omega Demolition after a worker died in April when a beam collapsed during I-90 construction. Omega, which has been cited before by OSHA, was placed in a severe violator enforcement program.

How tollway's 'smart road' could make your commute easier

Oct 17 2016 | 2:10 pm - What are those steel gantries appearing on I-90? Welcome to the new smart corridor debuting soon on the Jane Addams Tollway, offering lane change info and real-time traffic reports.

Experts fact-check presidential candidates’ tax plans, job claims

Oct 17 2016 | 1:10 pm - Will bringing back manufacturing jobs help Illinois’ unemployment rate? And will Donald Trump’s or Hillary Clinton’s ideas to fix taxes make life easier for working suburban families? Local experts weigh in for our presidential...

Is Metra going to raise ticket prices again?

Oct 15 2016 | 7:30 am - Metra board directors are supporting a 5.8 percent fare increase next year. They cite salary increases, needed repairs, equipment replacement and a federally mandated braking system for the spike.

Metra picks Lake Forest accounting expert as new chair

Oct 14 2016 | 5:19 pm - The Metra board picked a new chairman from Lake County Friday. Norman Carlson, an accounting expert from Lake Forest, takes over from Chicago attorney Martin Oberman, whose term expires in November.

IDOT leader on crosswalk safety: We've got to rethink it

Oct 10 2016 | 10:07 am - IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn talks about pedestrian safety in the wake of controversy over a crash involving a Mount Prospect cyclist who died at a crosswalk meant to prevent collisions. Are crosswalks on busy suburban roads tempting fate?

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