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Mariah Woelfel

Mariah Woelfel

News Producer

Mariah Woelfel is WBEZ’s morning news producer--up before the sun to produce newscasts for the local broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition. Prior to WBEZ, Mariah worked as a reporter, producer and All Things Considered host during her time as a fellow at WVIK, an NPR member station in western Illinois. She got her start in radio interning on WBEZ’s news desk during graduate school.

Mariah has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism from DePaul University.

She grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago before moving with her family to the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood when she was 13. Mariah currently lives in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood with her dog, Lola.

Recent Stories

WBEZ News

Barbershop Remembers Owner James G. Coleman

James G. Coleman died last week at the age of 88. WBEZ visited Coleman Brothers Barber Shop to hear stories of the barber’s life and legacy.

WBEZ News

Sociologist: After The Fair Housing Act, Discrimination Looks Different

King fought to end housing discrimination. A week after he was killed, the president signed what he’d been working toward into law.

WBEZ Updates

Senior Citizens Join Students Protesting Gun Violence

Some senior citizens in Evanston said they’re supporting the students who walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence.

WBEZ Updates

DCFS Says It Previously Investigated Mother Of Toddler Found Dead On Wednesday

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says it previously investigated the mother of a two-year-old child found dead on Wednesday.

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10 Years After NIU, Shooting Survivor Reflects On Florida Tragedy

The 10th anniversary of a shooting at Northern Illinois University now sits parallel with another mass shooting at a Florida high school.

WBEZ Updates

Detainees Hold Hunger Strike At McHenry County Jail

Over 20 detainees at a jail and detention center in northern Illinois participated in a hunger strike last week, fighting for better quality food and fair treatment.

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After Days-Long Outage, Internet Provider Says Service Is Restored

AT&T said it has resolved internet outage issues that some Chicago customers claim lasted for five days.

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Illinois First Lady To Join Rauner At Vets’ Home With Legionnaires’ History

Illinois’ first lady will join the governor as he spends “several days” at the Illinois Veterans Home in downstate Quincy.

WBEZ Updates

Illinois Received Thousands For Natural Disaster Recovery

The federal government is giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to Illinois in an effort to help the state recover from natural disasters.

WBEZ Updates

Illinois Court Sides With City In Food Truck Ordinance Case

An Illinois court has again sided with Chicago in a more-than-five year battle over the city’s food truck ordinance.

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Report: Women Sexually Harassed At Chicago Ford Plants Since 1970s

'New York Times' reporters Catrin Einhorn and Susan Chira discuss their report on harassment at two Chicago Ford plants.

WBEZ Updates

Illinois Families Still Without Food Stamps After Automation System

Nearly 30,000 Illinois families are still without food stamp benefits after a new automation system at the Department of Human Services cut them off.

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Illinois State Rep. LaShawn Ford Sponsors Bill To Change How Divorced Parents Split Time With Kids

Illinois State Rep. LaShawn Ford is sponsoring a bill that would change the way time with kids is split between divorced parents. Right now the law says it’s in a child’s best interest to spend the maximum amount of time possible with each parent.Fathers rights groups say that’s too ambiguous and almost always favors the mom. Ford’s legislation would make it a legal presumption that splitting time equally between parents is what’s best for a child. 

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CPD: Every Patrol Officer Now Equipped With BodyCams

The Chicago Police Department says every one of its more than 7,000 patrol officers is now equipped with a body camera.

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Police Superintendent Says Rise In Shootings At Police Stems From Anti-Police Rhetoric

A Wednesday shooting is shooting is one of 20 incidents so far this year in which people fired at police.

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Prominent Illinois Democrats Ask U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Former Gov. Blagojevich's Appeal

Several prominent Illinois Democrats are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal from imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

WBEZ Updates

City of Chicago Looks For Way To Hold Illinois Bus Company Accountable For Allegedly Racist Ad

The city of Chicago is trying to find a way to hold an Illinois bus company accountable for their allegedly racist advertisement.

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Chicago State Students Evacuated From Dorms After Pipe Failure

Some students at Chicago State University say they’re living luxuriously after a pipe failure caused them to evacuate their dorms.

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Food Truck Owner Takes Battle Against Chicago Ordinance To Appeals Court

The owner of a cupcake food truck is taking her battle against Chicago’s food truck ordinance to the appeals court.

WBEZ News

For One Puerto Rican Family, Resettling Means Juggling Healthcare And Housing

For Zenaida Quinones, leaving home for an unfamiliar new place is just one of the challenges she’s dealing with.

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