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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

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Can I Smoke Marijuana At Home? Your Legal Weed Questions Answered

For those living in public housing, the answer is no. One activist calls that rule "borderline disability discrimination."

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Can Chicago Landlords Ban Cannabis? Your Legal Weed Questions Answered

Here's a look at your rights when it comes to weed and renting — for tenants and landlords.

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How Do I Talk To My Kid About Marijuana Once It’s Legal?

From health effects to legal boundaries — here's how experts recommend taking on new conversations.

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What’s An Ounce Gonna Cost Me? Your Legal Weed Questions Answered

This week, it's time for another round of FACQs (frequently asked cannabis questions.)

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Can I Get Fired For Using Marijuana Once It’s Legal In Illinois?

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: This is a question that will likely play out in court.

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How Is Marijuana Expungement Working In Illinois? Your Legal Weed Questions Answered

Arrests for carrying a little less than an ounce of cannabis will be automatically expunged. After that, it gets more complicated.

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Where Could Recreational Weed Be Sold In Chicago Come January?

We mapped out the areas that could be open to cannabis businesses under a proposal in front of City Council.

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Should I Keep My Med Card? Answers To Your Legal Weed Questions

Experts say medical marijuana patients should consider two main points: cost and access.

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Pot? Weed? Marijuana? What Should We Call It?

From a wild weed in Mexico to Dr. Dre’s iconic 1992 album, we dig into the origins of some of the drug’s nicknames.

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When Can I Go To The Store To Buy A Joint? Your Legal Weed Questions Answered

From driving to drug tests — quick hit answers to your questions about legal pot in Illinois.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Receive University Of Chicago Honor

The U.S. Supreme Court justice is scheduled to come to Chicago on Sept. 9 to receive the university’s 2019 Harris Dean’s Award.

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Some Chicago Latinos Urge Community Dialogue After DJ’s Crude Remark

A house music DJ shocked audience members last weekend with a mocking comment about Mexicans.

WBEZ Updates

Illinois Soybean Farmers Want Resolution To US-China Trade War

China is halting all deals for US farm products, which is bad news for soybean farmers in the Midwest. Illinois produces more soybeans than almost any other state, and China is one of its biggest buyers.

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Cook County Health Hires Audit Firm To Review Scathing IG Report

The county’s inspector general’s report questioned the health system’s financial practices.

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Officials Mull Solutions To Dangerous Conditions For Lake Michigan Boaters

But it’s unclear which federal, state or city agencies are responsible for implementing a solution to keep boaters safe.

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Great Lakes States Meet To Discuss Cost Of Fish-Repelling Sound Speakers

The meetings include agency heads who are in Chicago to talk about how to stop Asian carp from getting into Lake Michigan and beyond.

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Parishioners Mourn Closure Of St. Adalbert

A church with a nearly 150 year history of serving immigrants in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood on the Southwest Side is now closed.

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Transgender Woman Released From Illinois Prison After Long Battle

Strawberry Hampton said she was abused at four men’s prisons before she was transferred to a facility for women. She was released Monday.

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Retiring Pilsen Postman Reflects On 4 Decades Of Change

Alfredo Jacinto has hung up his sweater vest after having a window into the Southwest Side community for 37 years.

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Bike Tour Brings Riders To Chicago’s Race Riot History

One hundred years ago this summer, the killing of an African American boy ignited violent clashes between blacks and whites.

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