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Becky Vevea

Becky Vevea

Education Reporter

Becky Vevea is an Education Reporter for WBEZ. She writes about Chicago Public Schools and the impact local, state, and federal education policy has on communities across Chicagoland.

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 by WBUR and Boston University each year to one public radio journalist under 35. She was also part of the reporting team that won a 1st place “Breaking News” PRNDI award for coverage of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike.

Prior to joining WBEZ in 2012, Becky covered public education for the Chicago News Cooperative. Before that, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as an education and general assignment reporter. Becky has reported for Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and her work has 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.

Recent Stories

WBEZ Updates

Chicago Alderman Advocate Tiny Homes For Homeless

Some aldermen and advocates for the homeless want to see Chicago build “tiny homes” as an affordable housing option.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Amazon To Build Its Second Headquarters Here

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Amazon to build its second headquarters here.

Chicago Alderman Rosa Speaks Out After Being Dropped From State Senator Biss's Ticket For Illinois Governor

Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa is speaking out after being dropped from State Senator Daniel Biss’s ticket for Illinois Governor.


The Pros And Cons Of Illinois’ Proposed Tax-Credit Scholarships

WBEZ education reporter Becky Vevea breaks down why the proposed tax-credit scholarship is so controversial.

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Aldermen Debate Ban On Driverless Cars

Chicago aldermen debated a city ban on self-driving vehicles Monday, likening the new technology to Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine in the1985 hit Back to the Future. 

Every Other Hour

CPS Gets Renovated Auditoriums, Students Get Summer Safety

In Chicago, more than 2,300 people have been shot so far this year. Teens fixing school auditoriums say the work helps keep them safe.

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Chicago Mayor Opposed to Diverting Tax Money to Private Schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he is opposed to any plan to divert public money to help pay for private school tuition, despite private emails indicating his openness to the idea.

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Emanuel Opposed To Diverting Tax Money To Private Schools

The mayor said he is opposes using public money to help pay for private school tuition, despite emails indicating his openness to the idea.


Celebrating Back To School At A Time Of Uncertainty

In Chicago this weekend, the stalemate holding up money for Illinois schools took center stage at the annual Billiken back-to-school parade.


Emanuel Open To Discussing Voucher-Like School Choice Program

In an email exchange with Cardinal Blase Cupich, the mayor was open to discussing a program that could divert millions to private schools.


Chicago Sues Trump Administration Over ‘Sanctuary’ Status

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice said it would withhold millions of dollars of grant money from sanctuary cities.

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Chicago Teens, Harvard Students Pitch Ideas To City Officials

Students from Chicago high schools and Harvard University pitched ideas for improving the city as part of an event called Pitch Black.

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Chicago Mayor Urges Override On School Funding Veto

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on state lawmakers to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s partial veto of a school funding bill.

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Emanuel Mum On Who Will Lead Chicago Police Board

Mayor Rahm Emanuel avoided answering questions Monday about who would lead the board tasked with disciplining wayward police officers.


Aldermen And Residents Reject Plan To Close Four South Side High Schools

As part of a proposal for a new high school in Englewood, schools leaders want to close four nearby high schools that are under-enrolled.


Rauner Amps Up Threat To Cut Chicago School Funding

Gov. Rauner wants to redistribute money earmarked for Chicago schools to districts across the state before school starts this fall.


State Comptroller Fast-Tracks College Grants To Low-Income Students

As the state budget crisis dragged on over the last two years, many students never knew if promised state grants would ever materialize.


Blue State Students Take A Red State Field Trip

A group of Chicago teens still reeling from the presidential election results headed to Wisconsin, searching for answers and understanding.


New $75 Million High School Officially Proposed For Englewood

Four high schools on the South Side would be closed to make way for the new school. In the past, school closings have meant teacher layoffs.


CPS Greenlights Merger Of Gold Coast And Cabrini-Green Schools

CPS moved forward with plans to merge two schools on opposite ends of income divide. The plan still needs formal approval.

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