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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Demonstrators protest as Trump visits Bolingbrook

Sep 29 2016 | 6:00 am - Donald Trump's visit to the suburbs Wednesday was peaceful but plenty of tense verbal exchanges reflected national divides in the presidential election. About 200 people demonstrated outside the Bolingbrook Golf Club where Trump spoke to a packed...

Biden will stump for Democrats in Chicago; Trump to stop in suburbs

Sep 27 2016 | 5:51 pm - Vice President Joe Biden jets into Chicago Wednesday to help raise money for U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate campaign a few hours after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump entertains guests at an exclusive luncheon in...

Trump coming to suburbs with demonstrations expected in Bolingbrook

Sep 28 2016 | 12:52 pm - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will land in Bolingbrook Wednesday for a fundraiser expected to draw demonstrations for and against him.

In Transit mailbag: Is plane air stale? What’s up with jet noise?

Sep 25 2016 | 11:50 pm - How fresh is the air aboard my airplane? What’s with the noisy jets at night in Lombard? We answer those questions plus get your reaction to a “lock box” referendum involving gas taxes.

6 thoughts from suburban experts on the Clinton-Trump debate

Sep 27 2016 | 11:17 am - “I don’t think the debate has changed many minds.” Political experts from the suburbs analyze who won, who lost, and who made history in the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Trump, Clinton backers in suburbs taking nothing for granted

Sep 25 2016 | 8:30 am - If there's one thing Hillary Clinton can count on in the race with Donald Trump, it's Illinois, pollsters say. But busy local organizers for Clinton and for Republican Donald Trump share one belief — Illinois is in play come the presidential...

Duckworth asks regulators to aid tollway in dispute with Canadian Pacific

Sep 24 2016 | 4:36 pm - Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is asking the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to intervene in a dispute between the Illinois tollway and the Canadian Pacific Railroad. At stake is a western bypass around O’Hare International Airport.

Tollway gets one western bypass victory, but railroad land spat remains

Sep 22 2016 | 7:24 pm - One obstacle to a western bypass around O’Hare fell Thursday as Illinois tollway directors approved a deal with Chicago to buy airport property. But a lingering dispute over additional land near Bensenville threatens the project.

Fireworks at tollway over fence contract

Sep 22 2016 | 4:54 pm - Two lawmakers accused the Illinois tollway of treating a minority contractor unfairly Thursday and promised a hearing. Tollway directors, more than half of whom are minorities, said they’ve increased participation by businesses owned by...

DuPage railroad safety group aims to cut trespassing, suicide deaths in half

Sep 18 2016 | 11:32 pm - With deaths at railroad crossings declining, safety advocates are focusing on preventing suicides and trespassing fatalities at other points on the tracks. The goal is to cut these deaths by 50 percent in 10 years, railroad safety activist Dr. Lanny...

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