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Kate McGee

Kate McGee

Education Reporter

Kate McGee covers higher education for the WBEZ Education Desk. She joined WBEZ in May 2018 after spending a year at WAMU, the NPR affiliate in Washington D.C. There, she broke a major story that revealed D.C. Public Schools were awarding diplomas to underprepared students in violation of their own policies. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Kate got her public radio start at Fordham University’s WFUV. She covered education at KUT, the NPR affiliate in Austin, Texas, where she was named Texas Associated Press Radio Reporter of the Year in 2015. She’s also worked at WNYC and KUNR in Reno, Nevada. Kate’s work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here and Now, and The Takeaway. She enjoys road trips, going to baseball games, buying books she doesn’t have time to read, and drinking a good beer outdoors.

Recent Stories

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Adult Ed Classes To Resume After CPS Background Checks Forced Cancellations

Classes in Chicago public schools were halted after the district mandated sweeping background checks in response to a sex abuse scandal.

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Michelle Obama College? City Students Want A Name Change

Daley College students want to rename the school after a woman of color, with many pushing to name it for former first lady Michelle Obama.

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UChicago And U Of I Partnership Aims To Convert Sci Fi Into Real Life

The University of Illinois is partnering with UChicago to create one of the world’s largest teams conducting quantum research.

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Students Urge UIC To Keep Criminal Background Question Off Application

The Common Application for college is dropping a question about criminal records. UIC students say it should stay off all applications.

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Illinois No. 1 In Rate Of Community College Students Earning Bachelor’s

Community college students in Illinois earn bachelor’s degrees at a rate higher than other states. But overall grad rates still remain low.

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Workers At City Colleges Of Chicago Hit Picket Lines To Force Contract Talks

Three employee unions are without contracts and say school administrators are refusing to bargain. College officials dispute that claim.

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Eerie Calm In Chicago, But Storm Never Arrived

Downtown Chicago emptied Friday in anticipation of a verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial, but demonstrations were mostly peaceful.

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Van Dyke Verdict Preparation Reveals Generational Divide on Chicago’s West Side

West Side lawmakers’ calls for peace ahead of the verdict in police officer Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial aren’t sitting well with everyone.

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Books Or Food? Chicago College Students Struggle With Hunger

City Colleges of Chicago is joining other local schools that are opening permanent food pantries on campus.

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Research By UIC Professor Could Explain Sound Attacks in Cuba

As the FBI investigates possible sound weapons used to hurt U.S. Embassy workers in Cuba, one UIC researcher has an idea of what happened.

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UIC Bucks Trend Of Declining Local University Enrollment

Many public universities in the Chicago area haven’t recovered from enrollment declines that accelerated during the state’s budget impasse.

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'Don't Make Assumptions' And Other Lessons Students Taught Their Teachers

Four Chicago-area teachers reflect on a valuable lesson learned from one of their students.

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West Side Learning Center To Get $5M Upgrade

The satellite campus for Malcolm X College, which focuses on health science studies, will get new classrooms, labs, and a community space.

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Parading On The South Side To Show ‘We’re Still Here’

Chicago State nearly folded during the state’s budget crisis. Long a launching pad for black students, CSU is now angling for a comeback.

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Northwestern And CPS Partner To Study City Schools

The new “rapid impact” research program aims to provide Chicago Public Schools with fast and relevant research results.

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For Illinois Birds, Moving To Urban Areas Key To Survival

U of I researchers retraced the steps of a 100-year-old bird survey to see how well species are adapting and surviving.

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Joffrey Ballet Partnering With City Colleges To Create Dance Degree

The Loop’s Harold Washington College is adding an associate’s degree in dance, the only program of its kind in the city.

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Friction Brewing At City Colleges of Chicago Over Needs of Spanish Speakers

The City Colleges chancellor is backing a new, private community college targeting Spanish speakers, frustrating some City Colleges faculty.

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NASA Names Space Mission After Retired University Of Chicago Professor

Retired University of Chicago Professor Eugene Parker is the first living person to have a NASA mission named after him.

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Can Columbia College Keep Its Past And Change For The Future?

Columbia has been an arty presence in the South Loop. But now, school leaders say they need to bring the curriculum into the 21st century.

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