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Melba Lara

Melba Lara

All Things Considered Anchor

At WBEZ Melba has reported and hosted coverage of the campaign and re-election of President Barack Obama, as well covering stories from a variety of locations across Chicago, the Midwest, and Europe. Melba has interviewed newsmakers and lawmakers from politics, economics, education, medicine and the arts.

Melba has also produced news features for various NPR programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Latino USA and APM’s Marketplace.

Besides her work at WBEZ, Melba was also an award-winning host at Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, Wisconsin and worked for Michigan Radio as a Morning Edition host. Melba was recognized with a Lisagor award for her reporting on HIV and Youth and is part of the team at WBEZ which won the 2014 Murrow National Award for overall excellence, large market radio.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Melba was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Chicago.

Recent Stories

WBEZ Updates

CPS CEO Defends Special Education Overhaul

Chicago Public Schools is defending its overhaul of the system’s special education program. This comes after a WBEZ investigation found that Chicago scaled back special education services last year after secretly instituting new rules. Spending was also cut by about 1.5 percent.In addition, WBEZ found that CPS relied on auditors without expertise in special education to help orchestrate this work. Chicago schools CEO Forrest Claypool argues the new rules are meant to give every child with special needs the chance to succeed.Claypool joins All Things Considered host Melba Lara and discusses why his administration decided to make changes to special education in the first place.

WBEZ Updates

Evanston Township High School Investigates Decades-Old Allegations Of Misconduct Against Former Advisor

Evanston Township High School confirmed Wednesday it is investigating misconduct allegations against a former advisor in its theater department.

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Cook County's Controversial Sweetened-Beverage Tax Seems To Be On Its Way Out

A Cook County board committee voted overwhelmingly to repeal the so-called pop tax Tuesday afternoon.

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Illinois Schools Won't Get First Payment From The State

Public schools throughout Illinois usually receive their first payment from the state on Aug. 10 — but not this year.

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Rauner Speaks Out After Budget Override

On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner addressed reporters for the first time since state lawmakers approved a budget over his veto. Rauner was north of Chicago in Gurnee, IlL. - where there’s been severe flooding, forcing some residents from their homes.WBEZ state politics reporter Tony Arnold tells us more about the appearance.


Report Finds High Rate Of Filicide In US

At least one person with a disability is murdered by a caregiver or parent each week according to the Ruderman Family Foundation.


Report: CPD Makes Millions In Forfeitures

A 'Chicago Reader' investigation found Chicago police makes millions through civil asset forfeiture.


Tribune Tower Sale Sign Of A Slowing Industry

The historic Tribune Tower has been sold to CIM Group for $240 million. Employees are expected to move out by mid-2017.


Urban League CEO: Stop Addressing Only Symptoms

The Chicago Urban League wants to save Chicago communities devastated by neglect. The group’s CEO says attacking root causes is the key.


Former Cop Explains The Mistakes He Sees In The Shooting Of Paul O’Neal

Peter Moskos, a former Baltimore city police officer, shares why he calls it a “bad shooting.”


Depth of Field: Photographing Alaska’s Changing Landscape

Denali National Park botanist Carl Roland replicated more than 200 old photos of the park. The goal: make the slow and subtle effects of climate change visible.


City Releases Videos Of Police Shootings

After recent scandals and public pressure, the city released hundreds of videos where cops shot or injured someone.


Temporary Budget Is Next Hope For Springfield Compromise

There’s still no Illinois state budget deal, setting up for a long summer in the statehouse and leaving a lot of questions for residents.


The View From Behind The Security Check

TSA announced that it’ll send more screeners to O’Hare to relieve long waits. But screeners say this isn’t enough.


CPS Principal Calls Proposed Cuts 'Catastrophic'

Chicago Public School officials are warning principals that next year their budgets could be slashed by 20 percent.


What To Watch For During Indiana’s Primary

Indiana isn’t usually a part of the must-win math for any candidate. But this year, Indiana might as well be the Alamo.


“Benefit Chicago” To Funnel $100 Million Into Social Sector

Three foundations say there’s a $100 million shortfall in funding that social sector organizations need to do good work.


Arne Duncan's New Gig: Fighting Violence with Jobs

“I don’t think we can police our way out of this,” the former U.S. Secretary of Education said.


How Will Cook County's New Triage Center Work?

The head of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System on what needs to happen for the new triage center to be a success.

10 years later, Chicago Red Cross worker remembers Katrina efforts here

We look at what it took to assist thousands of displaced evacuees that arrived in Illinois after the deadly storm.

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