As a WBEZ education reporter, Linda covers schools, education, and issues affecting youth.
Prior to joining WBEZ in 2008, Linda worked as a freelance reporter and radio producer in Michoacán, Mexico. Before that, she was the lead education reporter at the Daily Southtown, where she covered education across 85 school districts in Chicago’s south suburbs.
Linda’s reporting has appeared in the Chicago Reader, In These Times, Education Week, the Chicago Tribune, and others. She has contributed radio reports to The World, Marketplace, and NPR’s Morning Edition.
Linda’s investigation into a corrupt south suburban school superintendent won a national 2005 Education Writers Association first prize award for investigative journalism and a Chicago Headline Club Watchdog Award. She received a 2004 Studs Terkel Award for excellence in reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.
Linda worked on the award-winning radio series “Fifty-Fifty: The Odds of Graduating.” Her radio work has been recognized with a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, several Edward R. Murrow regional awards, and a Third Coast Audio Festival documentary award, among others.
Linda has a B.A. in Urban Studies and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Linda has lived in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood for 19 years. Her husband is Mexican artist-muralist Hector Duarte. Their three children attend Chicago public schools.