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Jerome McDonnell

Jerome McDonnell

Worldview Host

Jerome has hosted Worldview, WBEZ’s global affairs program, since 1994.

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.
 

Recent Stories

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Gardening At City Grange

On today’s show, we find out how gardening has since evolved in the Windy City as we broadcast from City Grange, “a social enterprise reimagining the traditional garden center concept to promote social justice, the good food movement and the environment.”

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Chicagoland Tibetan Community Celebrates Resilience and Success

Following the passage of the Immigration Act of 1990, the U.S government issued 1,000 visas to Tibetans in exile, some of whom moved to Chicago.

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Chicagoans Help With Trauma Counseling In Christchurch

The March 15, 2019 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand killed 51 people, leaving 71 orphans and 41 widows.

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Chicago Celebrates World Fair Trade Day

The largest fair trade coalition in the U.S., Chicago Fair Trade is marking Friday’s World Fair Trade Day with a daylong celebration.

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High Schoolers Take to Streets to teach on Shopping Ethically

Whitney Young High School has been designated as Chicago’s first Fair Trade School.

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Fair Trade Can Be Tasty

At Chicago’s World Fair Trade Day celebration, we try some of the tastiest fair trade products.

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Global Activism: SAMS Brings Health Care To Syrians In Need

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) was a professional collaboration of Syrian and Syrian-American health care providers.

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From Iran To NATO, U.S. and German Policy Positions Diverge

Jerome McDonnell sits down with Emily Haber, who has served as the German ambassador to the United States since June 2018.

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Everything You Wanted to Learn About Recycling, But Were Afraid To Ask

A Chicago-area nonprofit is looking to dramatically expand what Chicagoans think of as recyclable.

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Global Activism: Bringing Light to Survivors of Cyclone Idai

Founder of Watts of Love Nancy Economou is back from Mozambique, where she brought solar-powered lights to survivors of Cyclone Idai.

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Local Universities Ground Zero for Renewed Peace Movement

Activists and foreign policy experts from around the world will be coming to Loyola's campus this Saturday for the 2019 Chicago Peace Summit.

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How To Save A Constitutional Democracy

Constitutional scholars discuss what can be done to preserve a constitutional system of checks and balances in light of authoritarian attacks.

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Global Activism: Disability Therapy Through Scuba Diving

The organization Diveheart believes in the therapeutic value of scuba diving for people with physical disabilities.

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Global Activism: Summit in Naperville Links Volunteers with Global Opportunities

For the second year the Rotary Club of Naperville is holding an event to get people more involved in development projects around the world.

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Should The U.S. Pay Ransom When Americans Are Kidnapped?

The Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon talks about his book on whether governments should pay ransom when their citizens are taken hostage.

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Butterfly And Insect Populations Crash In Illinois And Beyond

Data on Illinois’ butterflies supports reporting of an insect apocalypse.

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Composting Company, First Encouraged By City Of Chicago, Now Facing City Shutdown

After initial encouragement from the Chicago city government, a local composting company could now be shut down by the city's Health Department​.

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Actor Jeff Bridges On His Film 'Living in the Future's Past' At Chicago’s One Earth Film Festival

Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges’ new documentary Living in the Future’s Past will be featured at the 2019 One Earth Film Festival.

Worldview

Fair Trade Pioneer Paul Rice On Bringing Fair Trade To North America

Fair Trade has played a key role in encouraging ethical commerce

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Mickey Mouse For Mayor: Write-In Votes Around The World

WBEZ reporter Monica Eng recently reported on the candidates Chicagoans have written in during municipal elections, from Mickey Mouse to Al Capone.

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