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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Can retailers win by opting out of Black Friday?

Nov 26 2015 | 12:33 am - Is interest in Black Friday and shopping on Thanksgiving itself tapering off?

O’Hare’s busy day: Families reunite, couples propose

Nov 25 2015 | 6:03 pm - Amid heightened security and lines for checkpoints, families reunite and rejoice at O'Hare International Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday. The busy airport was even home to a marriage proposal Wednesday.

Pyke: Tips to make it easy as pie to escape this Thanksgiving

Nov 23 2015 | 1:56 pm - Carving knife? Not in your carry-on. Gravy? OK if it's in a 3.4-ounce bottle. Frozen turkey? OK with the proper packing, but good luck fitting that in your roller bag. Here's some TSA tips plus expert advice on security checks at airports.

Report warns of more O’Hare jet noise at night

Nov 19 2015 | 9:30 pm - Aircraft noise at night will be much worse than anticipated if not addressed, a report from the Suburban O'Hare Commission says. The watchdog group asked the city to give its Fly Quiet program teeth.

Thousands of commuters embrace Metra's ticketing app debut

Nov 20 2015 | 9:06 am - More than 20,000 transit riders had downloaded a smartphone app allowing virtual ticketing on Metra before the evening rush Thursday, officials said.

Accusations of teen battery at Lutherbrook under DCFS review

Nov 18 2015 | 5:30 pm - The arrest of a worker on charges that say he hit a teenage boy at the Lutherbrook center for traumatized children raises new questions about conditions at the Addison facility. A Daily Herald investigation earlier found multiple problems.

How to rotate overnight flights still up in the air

Nov 16 2015 | 5:51 pm - No decisions on whether to rotate O'Hare night flights weekly or monthly by an advisory group Monday. WIth so many choices to make, the final call could be pushed to 2016.

Pyke: Navigating suburban road work challenges drivers

Nov 16 2015 | 6:04 am - Whoops! There goes my exit. With construction raging on, suburban drivers are frustrated as familiar highways turn ugly. We share war stories and ask experts how much lead time our brains need to process sudden changes in driving routines.

Mobile ticketing available on Metra trains starting Thursday

Nov 14 2015 | 7:31 pm - Years in the making, a Metra app to buy tickets with goes live Thursday. Transit agencies hope to expand use of the smartphone app in the future.

‘Heartbreaking’: Suburban Francophiles devastated by Paris attacks

Nov 14 2015 | 4:30 pm - France's shock and horror at Friday's attacks reverberated in the suburbs for people with ties there. “I’m getting choked up just talking about it,” Palatine rugby coach Alan Burton said.

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