As Chicago Public Radio’s senior metro desk editor, Cate conceives and researches stories, edits scripts and organizes long-term projects including investigations and series.
Cate joined the staff of Chicago Public Radio in May 1998 as an editor for Eight Forty-Eight, Chicago Public Radio’s weekday morning newsmagazine. She later became a contributing editor for Eight Forty-Eight and interim news director for the news department.
Cate has received more than a dozen Peter Lisagor awards and three Sigma Delta Chi awards, most recently as editor on a project that examined abuses among children at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Prior to joining Chicago Public Radio, Cate worked as editorial director and planning editor for WBBM 780 AM. She’s also worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor.
Cate has a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in English from Mundelein College. Originally from Joliet, Cate resides in Skokie with her husband, Richard. They have four children and a granddaughter, Madeline.