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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Governor candidate Ives: ‘Every school district should be a unit district’

Dec 13 2017 | 6:23 pm - If elected governor, state Rep. Jeanne Ives would push to consolidate school districts, she says, telling the Daily Herald editorial board it’s a way to save money and eliminate waste. But she also called for downsizing Elgin Area Unit...

Metra settles for $225,000 in beating case

Dec 12 2017 | 6:13 pm - Metra settles a lawsuit for $225,000 with a man the agency’s police beat and pepper-sprayed, then accused of assaulting them.

Why jet fuel rule could hurt Wheeling, other suburbs

Dec 11 2017 | 6:30 am - Sales taxes from jet fuel must go to airports, not into state or local coffers, the FAA has ordered. That means money departing from some municipalities and landing on airports.

O’Hare overnight runway rotation could start later in 2018 despite protests

Dec 09 2017 | 2:09 pm - O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission members divided on geographical lines voted 51-8 to approve an overnight runway rotation Friday. Members from Wood Dale and Bensenville were in favor; those from Elmhurst and Des Plaines were not.

‘Give them distance’ campaign seeks to protect stopped cars with hazard lights

Dec 06 2017 | 7:03 pm - Tollway worker John Wagner watched a few feet away as a driver smacked into his truck on the I-90 shoulder. He and state leaders implored drivers to heed flashing lights on stopped vehicles and move over.

5 things to know about how Metra prepares for winter

Dec 06 2017 | 6:53 am - It’s that magical time of year and Metra elves are testing train doors, calibrating the nozzles on switch heaters and revving snowblowers. Here’s five things to know.

With filing over, candidates start season to kick one another off ballot

Dec 05 2017 | 8:44 am - It’s final, a crowded elevator of Democrats vying for governor and incumbent Bruce Rauner challenged by a fed-up Wheaton lawmaker. Monday marked the final day candidates can file for the March primary. Now it’s objection time.

How to know if your transponder works — and other transportation questions

Dec 04 2017 | 7:21 am - We’re tackling questions about where your transponder should go, green arrows on traffic signals and mystery license plates in this week’s column.

Paterakis leaves governor race, says without money there’s ‘no path forward’

Dec 04 2017 | 5:32 pm - Long Grove engineer and Democrat Alex Paterakis pulled out of the gubernatorial primary Monday, citing insufficient funds.

BNSF riders could see another sluggish commute this afternoon

Nov 30 2017 | 3:50 pm - Metra warns of possible delays on Metra trains at Union Station this afternoon as cleanup from Tuesday derailment continues.

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