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Becky Vevea

Becky Vevea

Political Reporter

Becky Vevea is a political reporter for WBEZ. She covers Chicago’s City Council, the Mayor, and the many departments that determine how the city functions. Prior to covering politics, she covered public education and the Chicago Public Schools for five years. 

Her recent work has uncovered falsified graduation data at Chicago high schools, examined how school construction projects propel the city’s deep segregation, and looked at how Illinois funds its public schools. 

In 2013, Becky became the youngest recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for her coverage of Chicago’s 50 school closings. The Schorr prize is awarded to one public radio journalist under 35 each year. She has also won three 1st place awards from the Education Writers Association, a Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club and a 1st place award from the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Prior to joining WBEZ in 2012, Becky covered public education for the Chicago News Cooperative and before that, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as an education and general assignment reporter. Her work has also been published in The New York Times and USA Today.

Becky holds a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from University of Wisconsin - Madison. She grew up in rural central Wisconsin and currently lives in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood with her husband

Recent Stories


Dynamic Chicago Principal Blazed Trail On Integration

Robert Croston championed a bold plan to merge his school in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood with one on the Gold Coast. He died this week.


The Primary Race That’s Almost Guaranteed To Hit Your Bottom Line

One of the nastiest campaigns in 2018 is for a bureaucratic office you might not know about. But take heed: it’ll hit your wallet.

WBEZ Updates

Chicagoans To Pay Extra $58M Over Next 4 Years To Cover City Worker Salaries

Chicagoans will pay an additional $58 million over the next four years to cover the salaries of thousands of city workers.

WBEZ Updates

Former Principal Wants To Unseat Emanuel In 2019

A former Chicago principal who’s been a staunch critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to unseat him in 2019.

WBEZ Updates

Emanuel Touts New Jobs Created By Energy-Saving Street Lights

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is touting the new jobs being created by the installation of new energy-saving street lights.

WBEZ Updates

Neighborhood Opportunity Applications Due Friday

Applications are due Friday for the city’s next round of Neighborhood Opportunity grants.

WBEZ Updates

Plan Commission Green Lights Would-Be Tallest Building In Chicago's West Town

A high rise that — once built — would be the tallest building in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood got the green light today from the city’s plan commission.

WBEZ Updates

Group Of CPS Elementary Students Perform At Christkindlemarket

A group of elementary school students performed today at the Christkindlemarket downtown.

WBEZ Updates

City Council Education Hearing About Special Ed Services Canceled

Members of the Chicago City Council want to know why it’s taking so long to get answers about the school district’s overhaul to special education.

WBEZ Updates

Mayor Emanuel Highlights New High-End Homes In Bronzeville

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is highlighting new high-end homes being sold in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood.

WBEZ Updates

Aldermen Approve $31M Police Misconduct Settlement To 'Englewood Four'

Chicago aldermen approved a $31 million police misconduct settlement Wednesday after a heated debate on the council floor.

WBEZ Updates

Residents Near Airports Say Sound Proofed Windows From City Smell, Worry They May Pose Health Risk

Residents near Chicago’s two airports and their aldermen are putting pressure on city officials to find out why soundproof windows smell on hot days.

Curious City

Is Participatory Budgeting Good For Chicago, Or Just Good PR?

Some wards vote on how to spend some taxpayer money. Does it help spread the wealth or is it just a feel-good exercise?

WBEZ Updates

Mayor Emaneul Defends School Chief After IG Report

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending his hand-picked schools chief after the district inspector general issued a scathing report recommending he be fired.

WBEZ Updates

Mayor Emanuel Says He Wants To Explore Solar Panels for Chicago Schools

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he wants to explore putting solar panels on the roofs of Chicago schools.

WBEZ Updates

Review Of Jackson Park Changes For Obama Library Began Friday

Federal review process of changes in Jackson Park for the planned Obama Presidential Center began Friday.

Morning Shift

CPS Could Close 50 More Schools

Declining enrollment may lead to a new round of school closures in 2018, as the five-year moratorium on closings is lifted.


Will Chicago Close Another 50 Schools?

A moratorium on school closings lifts in 2018. Since the mass closings of 2013, student enrollment has plummeted.


How Chicago’s New Budget Could Affect You In 2018 — And Beyond

With a new city budget for 2018 comes higher taxes and fees on everything from phone lines to concert tickets to Lyft and Uber rides.

WBEZ Updates

Chicago Aldermen Allocating $7M For High School Athletic Fields

Chicago aldermen are allocating $7 million dollars to building athletic fields at two public high schools.

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