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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Pyke: Volkswagen cheating bomb hits VW owners hard

Oct 04 2015 | 10:35 pm - Suburban VW owners are reeling after Volkswagen revealed it rigged cars to falsely pass emissions tests. Now the feds are mad, the resale value's in question and their tree-hugger cred is shot. "It's hard to support VW now," Golf owner Hope Haberer...

Bensenville residents sue Chicago over disruptive jet noise

Oct 02 2015 | 10:23 am - A group of Bensenville residents in ground zero of O'Hare jet noise are suing the city, seeking compensation for the loss of their home values.

Watchdog: FAA ill-prepared for repeat of Aurora sabotage

Sep 30 2015 | 6:12 pm - If sabotage that took out a major air traffic control center in Aurora last year occurs again somewhere in the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration will still be hamstrung in responding, an audit concluded Wednesday.

Congress might move deadline for train safety system after railroads revolt

Sep 30 2015 | 8:35 pm - A federal bill introduced Wednesday calls for extending the deadline to install a safety system in trains. Metra has warned of a shutdown Jan. 1 if railroads don't get more time.

Pyke: Should two operators be required on crude oil trains?

Sep 28 2015 | 11:08 am - Should that 10,000-foot-long train hauling crude oil through your town be staffed by one person? The feds want to mandate two-crew oil trains. Railroads think it's unnecessary regulation.

Big closures this weekend should make you think twice about driving downtown

Sep 25 2015 | 12:59 pm - Closures on the outbound Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways this weekend mean Cubs fans and other Chicago-bound suburbanites should plan their trips accordingly.

Why you might have Wi-Fi on your Metra train soon

Sep 25 2015 | 5:42 pm - An end to the Metra Wi-Fi desert? The commuter rail service will experiment with free Wi-Fi on 10 rail cars soon.

Would you pay for fast lane on tollways?

Sep 25 2015 | 5:37 am - Would you pay for the fast lane? IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn made a case for toll express lanes Thursday.

Route 53 schism confronts tollway board

Sep 24 2015 | 6:32 pm - The Route 53 debate landed at the Illinois tollway Thursday with both sides of the extension north making their pitch.

Is the Illiana Expressway project officially scuttled?

Sep 22 2015 | 6:34 pm - Could this be the last gasp for the Illiana Expressway? The feds have withdrawn their objections to a court ruling that was another nail in the project's coffin.

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