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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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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.

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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.

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“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.

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Chicago Doctors Help in Yemen

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

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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.

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Adventure Bike Tours Illuminate The Region

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

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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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Meet The One Environmental Group That Sues The EPA Every 8 Days

We talk with NRDC President Rhea Suh about their fight to maintain environmental protections for clean water, air, and endangered species.

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The Story Of Syrian Refugees Told In A New Play

For several years, Syrian refugees have come to Chicago. Upon arrival, the Syrian Community Network helps them start their new lives.

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Chicago Refugee Resettlement Agency Adjusts To Trump Policies

The U.S. ceiling for refugees was around 80,000 for the last decade. Today, it’s stands at 45,000.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s War In Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, just completed a highly-publicized tour of the U.S. and Europe.

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Enjoy Spring: International Bird Migration Season

We celebrate bird migration season with a discussion about some of the incredible travelers who are passing through.

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Global Markets Panic Over U.S. Tariffs On China Imports

China’s government called President Donald Trump’s threat to impose up to $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports “reckless."

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Walter Scheidel: From Stone Age To Now, Only Violence Ends Economic Inequality

Stanford professor Walter Scheidel’s book suggests that only violent moments in history have flattened inequality.

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What Do Sacred Texts Teach About Refugees And Immigrants?

Immigration is the subject of an upcoming interfaith panel examining how different religions treat strangers. We speak with the panelists.

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It's Been 15 Years Since The Iraq War Began

Post-9/11 anxieties contributed to initial overwhelming American support for the invasion. Millions have been displaced or killed.

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Revolution In Iran Through Women, Headscarves, And Music

Last month, many Iranian women took to the streets to protest over the right to choose whether or not to wear the hijab.

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Putin Likely To Sweep Upcoming Russian Presidential Elections

If the outcome of Russia's presidential election is already certain, why does the Putin regime still go through the charade of democratic elections?

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Dollar Vote: Adidas

We review Adidas and size up how they score in the corporate social responsibility game.

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Megan Jensen Is First Female Lead Engineer Responsible For U.S. ICBM Systems

The first-ever female lead engineer responsible for America’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systemis 28 year-old engineer Megan Jensen.

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