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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

Worldview

China’s 19th Party Congress May Reshuffle Leadership

Cheng Li, director of the John L. Thornton China Center, discusses the reshuffling of leadership and Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision.

Worldview

Hip Hop Artist Kayem On His ‘Amplify Peace: Saving Syrian Lives’ Tour

Libyan-American hip-hop artist Kayem talks about his new tour supporting Syrians affected by war and his work to help revitalize Libya.

Worldview

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents From Mexico: The Teatro Linea de Sombra Ensemble’s 'Amarillo'

We talk with Jorge A. Vargas, director of Amarillo, and Doreen Sayegh, international projects producer at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Worldview

World History Moment: Battle Of Zama

Historian John Schmidt tells us about the battle that led to the rise of the Roman Empire.

Worldview

US-Backed Syrian Militia Group Takes Raqqa Back From ISIS

The Syrian Democratic Forces — a militia group made up of Kurds and Arabs with American backing — took the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS.

Worldview

Anne Applebaum On Russia, Genocide, And Media Accountability

Columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum discusses her new book, media accountability, and Eurasian politics.

Worldview

Trump Doubles Down On Climate Denial After Clean Power Plan Rollback

Natural Resources Defense Council President Rhea Suh discusses the Trump administration energy policy.

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International Community Has Failed The Displaced, Says David Miliband

Miliband, the CEO of the International Rescue Committee, called it a tragedy that the world’s most vulnerable are “persecuted twice over.”

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What’s Next In The Kenyan Election Crisis?

Africa Check editor Alphonce Shiundu discusses what's unfolding in Kenya after its Supreme Court nullified August's presidential election.

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Trump Won’t Certify The Iran Deal. What’s Next?

This morning, President Trump decertified Iran’s compliance with an Obama Administration deal to curb the country’s nuclear program.

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World History Moment: Medieval Origins Of Friday The 13th

Historian John Schmidt discusses the 1307 Western European event he says may very well have been the origin of our Friday the 13th superstition.

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Milos Stehlik Interviews Director Éva Gárdos On Her Film 'Budapest Noir'

Milos Stehlik, WBEZ film contributor and director at Facets, chats with Éva Gárdos about her new movie, 'Budapest Noir.'

Worldview

Weekend Passport: Mariachi Music Passes Down Through Generations

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra welcomes Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán this weekend, known as the "Greatest Mariachi in the World."

Worldview

Liberian Elections Vote Of Confidence Over 'Developing' Africa

Liberian officials are still counting the ballots from Tuesday's general elections in which 19 contenders ran for president.

Worldview

Open Mosque Day

Leaders discuss why they say Islamic Center of Naperville's Open Mosque Day will aid in lessening tensions in the U.S. towards Muslims.

Worldview

Global Activism: S.A.C.R.E.D.’s Mexico In A Bottle Festival

Chicagoan Lou Bank runs a nonprofit that uses traditional and artisanal agave spirits — mezcal — to help people in rural Mexico.

Worldview

Puerto Rico Debt Forgiveness: A Moral Imperative Or Economic Recklessness?

To discuss the economic and humanitarian issues around Puerto Rico, we’re joined by Yarimar Bonilla, a founder of the Puerto Rico Syllabus.

Worldview

Cure Violence’s Syria Project

Chicago's Cure Violence has expanded globally into numerous countries. The group now has its focus on helping refugees.

Worldview

Global Notes: Canadian Chamber Choir Highlights Indigenous Issues In Chicago Tour

The Canadian Chamber Choir joins 'Worldview' for a live in-studio performance, plus an interview with Julia Davids and Sarain Carson-Fox.

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What Bob Corker’s Fears Over North Korea Tell Us About The Trump Administration

Bob Corker, a powerful Republican senator who runs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been locked in a public feud with President Trump.

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