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Kate Grossman

Kate Grossman

Senior Editor, Education

Kate joined the station in 2016 after nearly 20 years as a print reporter and opinion writer. Most recently, she was Deputy Editorial Page Editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, where she wrote editorials on education, Illinois politics and city and state policy issues. She also ran the paper’s political endorsement process. Previously, Kate worked as a Sun-Times metro reporter, covering schools and public housing, and at the Associated Press, The Providence Journal and ABC 20/20, and she has freelanced for The Atlantic.com. Kate also served as a director at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics where in 2015 she was awarded a fellowship to teach a seminar on the politics of school reform.

Kate is a two-time winner of the national Education Writers Association top opinion writing award for editorials on the Chicago Public Schools and is a winner of the Studs Terkel Award for coverage of Chicago's diverse communities. She regularly speaks publicly and to groups about education issues, journalism and politics. Kate lives in Chicago with her family. 


Recent Stories


From The Teachers Strike To Ph.D.s 50 Years In The Making: The Year In Education

Here are WBEZ's must-read education stories from 2019, including a look at Chicago’s teacher shortage, Common Core and prom send-off parties.


Chicago Teachers Strike: What You Need To Know

WBEZ answers your questions — from how long walkouts usually last to whether Chicago will be required by the state to make up strike days.


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An Illinois school district at the center of a national fight over transgender student rights is proposing full access to locker rooms.


The Countdown To A Possible Chicago Teachers Strike: The PR War

Chicago Public Schools’ CEO tells WBEZ she is confident there won’t be a teachers strike while the union disputes several of CPS’ claims.


Teens Command The Stage At Chicago Mayoral Forum

Student moderators at a forum at Whitney Young High School grilled candidates on school closings, the teachers union and on legalizing pot.


School Walkouts: Teens Say ‘We’re Fighting For Our Lives’

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Chicago Teachers To Take No-Confidence Vote On Schools CEO Claypool

The vote by Chicago Teachers Union members is the second of its kind in recent memory and comes as CPS' finances continue to deteriorate.


Emanuel Aide: CPS Likely Needs $596 Million To Finish School Year

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Illinois Board Of Education Approves Replacement For No Child Left Behind

The plan breaks from No Child Left Behind most significantly in two ways: how schools are graded and how they’re treated if they fall short.


CPS: WBEZ Documentary Captures ‘Essence’ of Work In High-Poverty School

Chicago’s chief education officer said a new WBEZ documentary gets to “essence of what’s actually happening” in some high-poverty schools.

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