Jerome joined WBEZ in 1984 as an intern thinking this would be a quick “Peace Corps like” broadcasting experience. But suddenly he was producing a business program and then a Saturday morning calendar program. These days his picture is in the dictionary under “public radio lifer." McDonnell produced the internationally focused program Midday with Sondra Gair and took over as host after Sondra passed away.
For a few delusional moments in the mid 90s, Jerome was executive director of talk programming while simultaneously hosting Worldview, but he quickly swore off management responsibilities. Jerome believes broadcasting’s highest calling is to bring people together to make difference. He has the messiest desk at WBEZ and is Team Leader for Bike to Work Week.
Stories by Jerome McDonnell
Flooding damage to the rare, natural communities at Illinois Beach State Park extends over hundreds of acres.
“Stay at home” doesn’t mean never leave your house — as long as you practice social distancing, which is much easier in wide open spaces.
A $1-million award will support efforts to restore natural wetlands on the Southeast Side.
The Illinois Commerce Commission is weighing the competing interests of job creation vs. environmental concerns.
Proposed changes to the long-standing NEPA rules are getting pushback from environmentalists.
WBEZ’s environment reporter shares some tips from his household’s efforts to curb plastic use.
A retired ornithologist has 40 years of evidence that scientists say indicates a link between warming climate and smaller birds.
The Endangered Species Protection Board is required by law to put out a list of endangered plants and animals in Illinois every five years.
As Worldview wraps up its last noontime broadcast, Jerome thanks the show's listeners for being part of an informed local/global community.
Often, Jerome and his guests were prophetic in their understanding of the world. Listen for the conversations Jerome had about the Iraq war.