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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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Roskam tries positive approach with Trump, but Trump pushes back, he says

Jul 18 2018 | 6:53 pm - U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam says President Donald Trump pushed back after Roskam tried to make the point that the wrong message was being sent about Russia.

State senators putting tollway on the hot seat over hiring policies

Jul 18 2018 | 7:57 am - State senators will scrutinize Illinois tollway hiring policies at an upcoming hearing in the wake of Daily Herald reporting on tollway contracts involving firms that have political ties or connections with tollway executives.

Broken air conditioning on heels of schedule changes steams BNSF riders

Jul 19 2018 | 8:24 am - BNSF executives were on the hot seat Wednesday just like Metra passengers in cars with broken air-conditioning.

Rauner: ‘Very clear that Russian agents hacked election systems’

Jul 17 2018 | 6:03 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner says Russians hacked 2016 elections and President Trump’s belief in Vladimir Putin’s denials is “deeply troubling.”

Illinois lawmakers pile on Trump/Putin summit, use the ‘T’ word

Jul 16 2018 | 5:25 pm - Suburban Democrats and Republicans in Congress condemned Donald Trump’s words after the president’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday. Trump’s statements are “a victory for Russian propaganda,”...

Barrington’s ‘perfect storm’: Stalled train on EJ&E blocks ambulances

Jul 15 2018 | 10:34 pm - Barrington experienced a perfect storm June 14 when a CN train stalled for nearly an hour, blocking four crossings and delaying ambulances en route to the hospital along with hundreds of stressed drivers.

Rauner: Trump trade war could cause ‘massive unemployment’ in Illinois

Jul 10 2018 | 5:36 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner said a trade war “could cause massive unemployment and job losses” in Illinois as he was touring a Schaumburg steel manufacturer Tuesday with Japanese officials who worry the White House will double down on tariffs.

Some long-haul Metra riders get fare break

Jul 09 2018 | 6:42 pm - The long commute remains, but some Metra riders in the railroad’s outermost communities will get a break on fares as the agency consolidates certain zones next week.

Hawthorn Woods mayor calls Route 53 extension group ‘coercive’

Jul 09 2018 | 7:41 am - Hawthorn Woods leaders think the tollway is muzzling dissent amongst a group reviewing the controversial Route 53 extension. Not so, tollway officials say, adding they just want a productive discussion.

Former Metra board chairman could be on national railway board

Jul 06 2018 | 5:47 pm - Former Metra Chairman Marty Oberman could be the newest member of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board if the Senate approves.

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