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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Things turn up roses for Pink Line essay winner, now a teacher

Jun 23 2016 | 4:58 pm - In 2006, seventh-grader Eleni Vrettos surprised herself by composing the essay that won the CTA’s “Name the Line” contest. As the Pink Line’s anniversary is celebrated, Vrettos recalled the award as a turning point that...

Amid protests, tollway leaders say Route 53 study will move ahead

Jun 21 2016 | 5:25 pm - The Illinois tollway isn’t backing down on spending up to $50 million for a feasibility study of extending Route 53. That comes despite the Lake County chairman pulling his support and protests from about 20 opponents at a tollway meeting...

Lee Street ramp for eastbound I-90 drivers coming in 2017

Jun 22 2016 | 4:39 pm - Eastbound Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) drivers itching to exit at Lee Street will get their wish next year. Illinois tollway directors Tuesday approved an agreement with Rosemont to build the exit ramp.

Pyke: Public transit round trip took 5 hours

Jun 19 2016 | 11:24 pm - In the spirit of Dump the Pump week, I gave the Corolla the day off and took public transit to work. It was an easy, relaxing journey on Metra and Pace. Too bad it took more than five hours. Plus your traffic tips for the week.

High hopes as runway rotation plan submitted to FAA

Jun 20 2016 | 7:41 pm - It’s up to the FAA now. Chicago submitted an overnight runway rotation schedule to the Federal Aviation Administration Monday. Officials are bullish on its success to ease O’Hare International Airport jet noise for residents.

Tollway, Canadian Pacific Railway sparring over location of western bypass

Jun 18 2016 | 8:52 am - Could the tollway’s big plan to build a ring road around O’Hare’s western side connecting to the Jane Addams and Tri-State tollways be derailed? The Canadian Pacific Railway is raising a ruckus because a chunk of its rail yard...

Elgin-O'Hare Expressway tolls start July 5

Jun 17 2016 | 7:49 am - No amount of sugar can sweeten tolls on the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway/Route 390. Tollway officials are hoping at least no one can say they didn't know this was coming July 5.

Is road work next victim of state budget gridlock?

Jun 16 2016 | 4:40 pm - Does no state budget mean no road work this summer? The Illinois Department of Transportation says projects could grind to a halt.

Deal in the works for eastbound I-90 exit to Lee Street

Jun 15 2016 | 6:28 pm - After years of access to and from Chicago, a deal is being sealed to open up the Lee Street interchange for eastbound I-90 drivers. A $10.9 million agreement is in the works.

Loop streets closed after gas main accident

Jun 14 2016 | 4:58 pm - Some downtown Chicago streets are closed after construction crews hit an unused gas main in the Loop about 1 p.m.

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