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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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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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Chicago To Get Its First Public Law School

UIC hopes acquiring John Marshall Law School will increase access to law school for residents and expand UIC's interdisciplinary programs.

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Former CPS Building Slated To Become Dorms For Kennedy-King College

The community developer hopes the plan, if approved, will transform the Englewood area like the University Center did for the South Loop.

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Building A New College, One Nursing Student At A Time

A local nonprofit known for serving Chicago’s Latino community is starting its own college this fall.

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City Colleges Wants To Give Half Its Graduates Real-World Work Experience

City Colleges of Chicago set the ambitious goal of placing thousands of students in paid internships and apprenticeships before graduation.

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Students Record On The Machine That Democratized Music

Recording music wasn’t always as easy as clicking a button, as some Chicago middle school students recently learned.

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U of C Makes SAT And ACT Optional For Admission

The University of Chicago is the first top-ranked research university in the country to nix the SAT and ACT requirement for applicants.

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How Schools Made Out In Springfield

WBEZ details how education funding and education-related bills fared in the state legislative session.

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