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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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Cannabis College Classes Cropping Up In Illinois

One school already offers classes related to medical marijuana and as date for legalized recreational pot nears more schools are jumping in.

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5,000 Students Use Aid Meant to Keep Illinois College Students In State

Many schools say a new state scholarship is helping stop enrollment declines, though the majority of students given grants turned them down.

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'Value, Quality And Location' Helping To Boost UIC Enrollment

While most Illinois public universities are losing students, the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeing record enrollment increases.

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Chicago High Schools Going From ‘College Prep’ To ‘Early College’

More high schoolers are earning college credit than ever before, exposing them to college early but also raising questions about quality.

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Justice Ginsburg Strikes Optimistic Note: ‘We Have Come A Long Way’

At UChicago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said “we have come a long way from the days when women couldn’t do things just because they were female.”

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Spicer, Brazile Will Get $50,000 To Speak At Northeastern

Some faculty and students say they oppose the invitation to Spicer, who was President Donald Trump’s White House spokesman.

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What To Do On A Summer Weekend Night? Try Welding

A new program offers vocational classes for men on Chicago’s South Side during the summer’s most violent times: weekend evenings.

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Former Head of Daley College Cited For Behavior 'Unbecoming Of A Public Employee'

The inspector general found the former head of Daley College waived $71,000 in fees for a basketball program attended by his sons.

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Life Lessons From Loyola’s Sister Jean On Her 100th Birthday

WBEZ asked Sister Jean for some advice on everything from sleep habits and accepting praise to tips for staying happy and feeling young.

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Concordia University Board Member Tied To Sexist And Racist Comments

Alumni at Concordia University are circulating a petition calling for the removal of a board member over sexist and racist comments online.

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City Colleges Walks Back Cancellation Threats at Harold Washington

The school says an email about needing teachers to cover classes was a miscommunication, but won’t say how many classes need a teacher.

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4 Things To Know About The Shaky Finances At City Colleges of Chicago

Dropping enrollment, bad debt and labor tensions are some of the issues the seven campus City Colleges of Chicago is confronting.

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Will Shorter Adult Ed Classes At City Colleges Of Chicago Help Or Hurt?

City Colleges is the largest provider of free adult education classes in Illinois. Critics believe changes to the program will harm students.

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University of Chicago Sees Rise In Underrepresented Students

After UChicago made standardized tests optional and boosted aid, more low-income and first-generation college students are enrolling.

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As Colleges Close, Elmhurst College Grows And Rebrands As A University

After nearly 150 years, Elmhurst College has seen recent record enrollment and will soon have a new name.

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Two-Thirds Of City Colleges Students Face Housing Or Hunger Challenges

The survey of 3,000 students also found that students struggling with basic needs aren’t regularly using public assistance programs.

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Two Female U of C Students Receive Ph.D.s 50 Years After Discrimination

Inspired by the #MeToo movement, two women returned to campus to finish academic work derailed by sex discrimination a half century ago.

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Does Extra Help For First-Generation College Students Boost Grad Rates?

NLU flooded its undergraduates with financial, academic and personal supports. Is it making a difference?

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UChicago Opens School Of Molecular Engineering With $75M Gift

The Pritzker Foundation contributed $100 million over the past decade to help UChicago launch nation’s first molecular engineering school.

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Family Suing UChicago Over $100M Donation Subpoenas Student Journalists

Lawyers for the Pearson family subpoenaed student journalists looking for documents that detail issues with the $100 million donation.

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