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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: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Midterm Madness LIVE!

Veteran Chicago journalists broke down how local races might fit into the national picture at this week’s ‘On Background’ live event.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

9 Races In 18 Minutes: Your November Election Audio Cheat Sheet

What you need to know about some of Illinois’ most important races in the 2018 election, all in the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Neglecting Veterans, Removing Toilets, Criminal Finger Pointing

Why are the top two candidates for Illinois governor being accused of criminal behavior?

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

What Do The Wannabe Governors Stand For Anyway?

WBEZ asked each candidate for governor to answer 18 yes-or-no questions. We break down their answers, or lack of answers.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Debate Season Begins

The campaign for Illinois governor got personal as candidates met this week for their first debate.


Two Top Chicago Politicians Jump Into Mayor’s Race

Weeks after Rahm Emanuel’s announcement, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and attorney Gery Chico jumped in the mayoral race.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Chicago’s First Alcalde?

Chicago has elected a number of Latinos into political office, but never into the office of mayor. Could 2019 be the year?


Chicago’s Race For Mayor A Game Of Musical Chairs

Rahm Emanuel announced last week that he will not seek a third term as Chicago mayor. It’s set off a flurry of speculation.


Mayoral Ambition on Display at Mexican Independence Parade

The annual celebration to mark Mexico’s independence from Spain was a backdrop for politicians eager to put themselves on display.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

With Rahm Out, Who’s Chicago’s Next ‘Boss’?

The backstory behind Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s abrupt announcement that he won’t be seeking a third term.


Emanuel Lays Out His Biggest Regrets, Wins

After announcing he will not seek re-election, WBEZ talked with the mayor about his accomplishments — and what he would redo.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Public Money, Private Schools, And Politics

It’s back to school season. And for the first time ever, thousands of Illinois students will use taxpayer money to attend private schools.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

The Fraying Safety Net Of Public Health Care

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System is providing a greater share of free care in the county, while other hospitals provide less.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Deep Fried Politics

A closer look at the politics of the Illinois State Fair.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

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.

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