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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.
 

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Asylum Seekers Tell Trues Stories in New Project from 90 Days, 90 Voices

A group of local journalists wants to tell real stories of asylum seekers.

Worldview

Youth Sue U.S. Government Claiming Climate Change Inaction

The case Juliana v. the United States asserts the U.S. government failed to do enough to stop climate change.

Worldview

Partners in Health Co-Founder, Ophelia Dahl

Partners in Health (PIH) was co-founded in Haiti in 1987 with the goal of working in solidarity with some of the world’s poorest people to deliver quality healthcare.

Worldview

Syria: Where The Revolution Went Wrong

Syrian Loubna Mrie first covered the Syrian uprising as a photojournalist for Reuters

Worldview

Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference Highlights Ethical Consumption

Progress has been slow and uneven. While the number of illegally mined diamonds is significantly down, the prevalence of illegal gold mines is shocking.

Worldview

Kovler Center Symposium on Treating Torture Survivors

Millions of torture survivors around the world suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Global Activism: Saving Agave for Culture, Recreation, Education, and Development (S.A.C.R.E.D.).

On today’s Global Activism segment, Lou Bank joins Worldview once again to catch us up to date with his non-profit.

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Global Activism: Chicago Fair Trade Hosts 2018 GlobalFest

Chicago is home to the largest fair trade coalition in the United States.

Worldview

Weekend Passport: 100 Years Of Englewood’s Musical History

Around 150 artists will come together to perform a composition that showcases 100 years of the Englewood’s musical history.

Worldview

International Peace Day Started in Chicago. Meet Three Religious Women Keeping it Going.

This year Chicago’s “Build the Peace Committee” marks Chicago’s 40th peace day on September 19th with an event at Daley Plaza.

Worldview

What Comes After Assad Attacks Idlib

Forces loyal to Bashar al Assad are assembling for an assault on Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in Syria.

Worldview

Chicagoans organize Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day

On August 25th, people will have “Save Rohingya Day” rallies in four cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Worldview

Renowned Priest Calls For Mass Resignations After Child Sex Abuse Scandal

Father James Martin, the editor-at-large at America Magazine, says bishops need to be held more accountable if they cover up sex abuse.

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Weekend Passport: "Following the Box"

Jerri Zbiral and Alan Teller discovered a shoe-box filled with old photographs and negatives of 1945 India at a Northbrook estate sale.

Worldview

Fair Trade Bethlehem Supporting Palestinian Entrepreneurs

We’ll hear from founder Susan Sahori and one of her U.S. partners Rev. Martha Gillette from Church of the Holy Apostles in Wauconda.

Worldview

“Bike To Work Challenge”: WBEZ Defends its Crown!

WBEZ looks to defend its 2017 crown for Chicago’s Bike To Work Challenge. The 2018 fun happens June 15-29. Every year, Chicago-area organizations and businesses sign up and compete. They track their bike miles and trips to win prizes, bragging rights, and help our ecosystem. It’s a Worldview tradition to kick off the Challenge by “talking smack” to our fellow not-for-profits, exploring the importance of biking to sustainability, and giving WBEZ staff a chance to get their bikes repaired!Over the hour, we’ll get visits from numerous Bike To Work organizers, featuring Dave Gorman, a former Peace Corp volunteer in Lesotho.Through his collaborative partnership, “Bikes for Lesotho”, he’s made biking acultural “thing” in a country, where previously, it didn’t really exist.

Worldview

Chicago Doctors Help in Yemen

Experts predict a third wave of cholera is about to hit the country.

Worldview

Rotary International Peacebuilding Conference in Chicago

This year, Chicago will be only U.S. site, of six Rotary Presidential Peace Conferences, hosted around the world.

Worldview

Adventure Bike Tours Illuminate The Region

Tom Limon leads quirky bike tour groups that explore art, history, and architecture in Chicago.

Worldview

Rancher Explores Cowboy Culture In Kazakhstan

Ryan Bell has traveled through Russia and Kazakhstan, reporting on how these countries are rebuilding their agriculture industries.

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