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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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At UIC, Students Study ‘Unstoppable’ Technology Of Self-Driving Cars

The course is the first in Chicago where students study transportation planning, control systems and the ethics of self-driving cars.

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Loyola Students Arrested In Protest Over Grad Student Union Contract

Students held a sit-in to pressure administrators to bargain with the graduate student union, which the school refuses to recognize.

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Mayor-Elect Lightfoot’s Vision For City Colleges Remains Unknown

Lightfoot has shared lots of plans for CPS, but her ideas for the city’s community college system and its leadership remain a mystery.

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Chicago Graduate Student Unions Face Roadblocks to Unionization

Graduate student workers at Loyola, UChicago and Northwestern all voted to unionize, but administrators refuse to come to the table.

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UIC Graduate Student Union Suspends Strike After Three Weeks

The graduate student workers union is celebrating a new contract, which includes pay increases and a reduction in student fees.

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UIC Grad Workers Reach Tentative Contract But Strike Continues

Striking grad workers struck a tentative contract deal Thursday but say UIC negotiators lack authority to finalize terms to end the strike.

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Northwestern Scientists Tackle ‘Art Acne’

Scientists created a tool to help museums diagnose and monitor "acne" that pops up on many priceless paintings.

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A Final Act For Gymnastics Team At UIC

A decades-old gymnastics program at University of Illinois at Chicago ends this spring. WBEZ followed the team through its final season.

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College Acceptance Via Text. College Rejection Via Email.

For many teens, social media is one more arena to navigate during the stressful college decision process.

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Local Universities Grapple With Limits Of Free Speech

Students and faculty at Northwestern and the University of Chicago clash over academic freedom and free speech on campus.

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Illinois College Student Out Migration Continues

One out of every five Illinois students leaves the state for college. Officials say the state budget impasse accelerated the out migration.

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City Colleges Of Chicago Puts Tuition Increase On Hold

City Colleges decided to put a four-year annual tuition hike on hold to gather more feedback from stakeholders.

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‘Constrained’ Pritzker Budget Prioritizes Education

Gov. JB Pritzker proposes a $630 million boost for education in an otherwise austere budget blueprint.

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Sue The T. Rex Travels Across Town For An X-Ray

Researchers took Sue’s bones from the Field Museum to the University of Illinois at Chicago to try to solve a mystery about the dinosaur.

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City Colleges Of Chicago Wants To Hike Tuition

The Board of Trustees will vote in March on a proposal to increase tuition by 2 percent every year for four consecutive years.

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7 Higher Education Bills To Watch In Illinois

From stopping an exodus of students to colleges outside Illinois to paying student athletes, WBEZ details bills pending in Springfield.

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Loyola University Student Newspaper Blasts School’s Restrictive Media Policy

Loyola prevents student reporters from talking to professors directly, requiring them to go through the school’s media relations office.

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Are Changes At City Colleges Of Chicago Driving Students Away?

Enrollment at City Colleges is down 32 percent since 2010. Some say recent changes have undercut its mission to serve all students.

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Federal Shutdown Won’t Stop Smithsonian Loan To Northwestern Museum

The government shutdown threatened the Block Museum’s upcoming exhibit on medieval African art.

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Robert Morris University Slashes Graduate School Tuition

Robert Morris is cutting its graduate school tuition by 30 percent to boost applicants and affordability, a growing trend nationally.

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