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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

On Background

Gambling In Bubbleland

Video gambling machines are not allowed in Chicago. So why are ‘slot style’ machines popping up in convenience stores and laundromats?


How Elon Musk's O'Hare Express Got The Fast Track In Chicago

Musk wanted to build a high-speed service. In Chicago, he found a mayor willing to help.


Rahm’s Airbnb Surcharge, Police Settlements, And Ida B. Wells Drive

Airbnbs could get more expensive under a plan from the mayor. Here’s what else is going down at City Hall on Wednesday.


Double Threat: What’s Going On In Your Government Wednesday

High-dollar police settlements, suspicious death probes and marijuana could come up when Chicago and Cook County pols meet Wednesday.


Chicago Mayor Pitches Affordable Housing Plan For Priciest Neighborhoods

Amid criticism about rising costs, Rahm Emanuel hopes a new loan program will spur more affordable housing in gentrifying neighborhoods.


Chicago High Schoolers Take Over City Council (For A Day)

Kids from Chicago got to play politics this week as part of the inaugural Next Generation City Council.


How Schools Made Out In Springfield

WBEZ details how education funding and education-related bills fared in the state legislative session.


Emanuel Promises Free Preschool As Race For Mayor Heats Up

As the number of mayoral challengers grows, Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledges to offer free preschool for every 4-year-old in Chicago.


City Council Cheat Sheet: Obama Center, Police Contract, And Protesters

It could be very crowded at City Hall on Wednesday. Here's why.


Obama Presidential Center Clears First Hurdle

Chicago’s Plan Commission gave the green light to the Obama Presidential Center Thursday after more than six hours of public testimony.


Obama Presidential Center Faces Local Hurdles

Here’s a look at what hurdles former President Barack Obama will have to jump over in Chicago to make his presidential center a reality.


82 City Schools To Get ‘Tesla-Era’ Science Labs

The new labs come one year after Chicago Public Schools increased science graduation requirements. Students now must take three lab courses.


5 Things Chicago Mayoral Candidates Need To Make The Cut

It seems like everyone and their mother wants to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But here are some factors that could narrow down the field.


How Will Chicago Use Its Land Near The Obama Presidential Center?

A WBEZ analysis of 2,430 properties found that the city and its sister agencies own the most property in East Woodlawn.


County’s ‘Scavenger’ Sale To Boost Blighted Neighborhoods

The Cook County Land Bank has a new plan for stopping speculation and spurring development.


Mayor Emanuel Unveils Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign With A 'Friend'

Actor David Schwimmer joined the mayor to kick off the new campaign, which comes as Emanuel is expected to run for a third term.


City Council Cheat Sheet: Double Parking Fine Hike, Police Oversight, And More

Aldermen this week also face a lot of political drama over a coveted committee post and the race for Cook County Democratic boss.


5 Things To Know About Wednesday’s City Council Meeting

From a giant O’Hare expansion to a giant public art project, here’s what Chicago aldermen will consider at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.


Kaegi Unseats Berrios In Race For Cook County Assessor

WBEZ's Becky Vevea explains how Berrios' defect marks a potentially significant shift in the Cook County Democratic Party.


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.

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