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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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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