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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Riders question scaled-back Metra plan

Aug 22 2016 | 12:44 pm - They’re doing what? Metra’s announcement that it is scaling back its big capital plan that promised new cars and locomotives caught riders off-guard. Some are steamed, a few are supportive and everyone wants more information.

Dispatching problems spark Metra delays today on Union Pacific

Aug 18 2016 | 2:18 pm - A dispatch system failure is causing problems for Union Pacific Metra riders today.

Construction on O'Hare runways might affect noise rotation test

Aug 17 2016 | 6:03 am - With construction coming on a key runway, residents should check for updates on an overnight rotation at O'Hare.

Sewer break causing minor problems at Union Station fixed

Aug 15 2016 | 5:41 pm - Some Metra riders who use the north concourse at Union Station faced minor inconvenience getting to their platforms after a sewer break closed an area on the lower level.

Shouting match erupts during discussion of O’Hare runway rotation

Aug 16 2016 | 12:10 pm - An O’Hare noise commission meeting was adjourned abruptly Monday after a shouting match erupted over a runway rotation meant to relieve O’Hare jet noise at night.

Tollway’s ‘mother ship’ chews up concrete, spits out savings on I-90

Aug 14 2016 | 10:47 pm - What are those massive piles of stones along the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90)? It may look like something from the “Flintstones,” but the rock is actually being re-used to build the new toll road, saving money and reducing waste.

Groundbreaking for newest O’Hare runway gets mixed reactions

Aug 12 2016 | 6:11 pm - Construction has begun on O’Hare’s final parallel runway, but reactions to that news are mixed.

IDOT seeks ideas for adding toll lanes to I-55 freeway

Aug 11 2016 | 5:26 pm - The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for ideas on how to add tolled express lanes on the I-55 freeway.

Metra putting brakes on new rail car purchases

Aug 09 2016 | 6:32 pm - Don’t hold your breath waiting for brand-new Metra rail cars and locomotives. The rail agency is scaling back the schedule to replace its old fleet, blaming the state budget crisis. Metra has raised fares the last two years to revamp trains.

Highland Avenue bridge reopens after repairs

Aug 09 2016 | 6:58 pm - A key bridge close to destinations such as Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Yorktown Center reopens Wednesday. The Highland Avenue bridge between Lombard and Downers Grove closed in early July.

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