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 new GOP ties bind with Shaw, Schneider merger?

May 19 2018 | 6:16 pm - Can Schneider and Shaw save the Illinois Republican Party? Delegates elected Tim Schneider of Bartlett as chairman and Mark Shaw of Lake County as co-chair Saturday in what’s considered a move to unify the party.

‘It was close,’ but pilot’s skills before plane crash around Hanover Park may have saved lives

May 20 2018 | 8:54 am - “It was close,” neighbors said after a small plane crashed near the Schaumburg Airport Friday night. The pilot survived with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Man arrested in luggage scare at Ogilvie Transportation Center

May 17 2018 | 5:00 pm - Metra police arrested a Georgia man following a suspicious luggage scare that evacuated Ogilvie Transportation Center Wednesday.

RTA: State fee costing millions, could lead to more fare hikes

May 18 2018 | 7:48 am - RTA officials say it’s too early to tell if state lawmakers will end fees that are draining transit budgets and contributed to fare hikes in 2017. In the meantime, the agency is borrowing to pay Metra, Pace and the CTA while it waits for...

Suspicious packages shut down commuter trains at Ogilvie Center

May 16 2018 | 6:11 pm - Police continue their search for the man who abandoned luggage at Ogilvie Transportation Center, triggering a bomb squad investigation, shutting down trains, inconveniencing Metra riders, and evacuating the downtown station Wednesday.

What O’Hare airport’s five new gates mean for travelers

May 13 2018 | 11:06 pm - What do new gates for American mean for passengers tired of delays? We check the new gates plus share traffic tips, advice for the CTA and readers’ thoughts on crosswalks.

Father’s rights fuel Antioch Libertarian’s bid for governor

May 13 2018 | 11:02 pm - Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson of Antioch has a compelling story about how the court system turned his life upside down and bankrupted him. But court records from a messy divorce allege he failed to pay child support.

Six Libertarians seek statewide positions in Illinois

May 13 2018 | 11:03 pm - Here’s a look at Libertarian candidates running for statewide office in Illinois’ Nov. 6 election.

Some riders getting a break in Metra’s new fare structure

May 10 2018 | 7:50 am - Metra is shaking up its fare structure to offer one-day passes and to consolidate zones in a number of exurbs, meaning cheaper rides for those boarding in Kenosha, Antioch, McHenry, Woodstock and Harvard.

8 years?!? Behemoth Tri-State widening project about to begin

May 07 2018 | 1:09 pm - How many lanes is the Illinois tollway widening the Tri-State? It depends. A new plan outlines the addition of one or two more lanes, plus allowing Pace buses on the shoulder. Towns like Hinsdale are pushing back, but work is scheduled to start this...

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