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Shannon Heffernan

Shannon Heffernan

Reporter

Shannon is a reporter and producer for WBEZ's Front and Center. Her work has been heard on both local and national programing including NPR and Morning Edition.

Shannon's reporting has earned her awards from the Chicago Headline Club and Illinois Associated Press, as well as a regional Murrow Award.

In addition to her work for the station, she is co-founder of Life of the Law, a podcast and multimedia website that tells surprising stories about all things legal. Prior to becoming a reporter at WBEZ, Shannon Heffernan recived a Soros Media Fellowship. During her fellowship she created multimedia documentaries about the impacts of incarceration on families and communities.

Shannon also writes short fictional stories and has been published in Annalemma and the Indiana Review.

Recent Stories

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New Law To Allow Illinoisans To Use Paid Sick Time For Family Care

Starting in 2017, anyone with paid sick time in Illinois will be able to use that leave to care for an immediate family member.

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Illinois Driver's Ed Courses To Include Instructions For Police Stops

A new Illinois law going into effect in 2017 mandates all drivers ed courses must include instruction on how to behave during a police stop.

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Judge: Medical Providers Don't Have To Give Info On Abortion

An Illinois judge will temporarily allow doctors opposed to abortion to refuse to give abortion referrals.

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Chicago’s Binge-Drinking Capital

A recent study from the CDC found Lake View has some of the highest rates of binge drinking in the country.

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Durbin Takes Legislative Steps To Protect Obama's Dreamers

The veteran senator is sponsoring a bill he hopes will gain traction in January as Trump prepares to move into the White House.

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This Year's Election May Shape Holiday Giving

Giving Tuesday, meant to encourage charitable giving after consumers splurge on products during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, may see a boost this year.

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Remembering A Video That Shook Chicago

An activist, a pastor and a journalist remember a disturbing video that would lead to personal and policy changes across the city.

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More Illinois Women Seek Birth Control Services After Election

The organization says the 50 percent increase in demand might be due to the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

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Bond Set For Brother Of Man Fatally Shot By Police

Authorities said Michael Beal, 28, witnessed police shoot and kill his brother, 25-year-old Joshua Beal, Saturday afternoon.

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Protesters Clash After Off-Duty Cop Shoots Man On Southwest Side

Protesters clashed this weekend after an off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot an Indianapolis man after a funeral in Mount Greenwood.

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West Side Residents To Vote On Property Tax Hike For Mental Health Services

North Lawndale and Garfield Park will vote on a binding ballot initiative to raise property taxes for mental health services in their area.

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Property Tax Increase Could Pay For West Side Mental Health Center

Some neighborhoods on Chicago's West Side will vote on a binding ballot initiative to create a community mental health center.

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Chicago Delivery Drivers File Overtime Lawsuit Against Amazon

A a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Amazon.com and two logistics companies violated the labor laws by failing to pay overtime.

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Two ACA Marketplace Shoppers Facing Very Different Choices

Open enrollment begins Tuesday for the Affordable Healthcare Act, and it comes as the program faces an uncertain prognosis.

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Lifelong Cubs Fans Talk About Life And Baseball

Fans at the Clare Senior Living Community in downtown Chicago watched the game while they chomped on hot dogs and Cracker Jacks.

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Tent City Supporters March Through Uptown

The city of Chicago said it has been evaluating if people who are homeless should be allowed to live in tents under the viaducts.

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DOJ Meets Eith Chicago Disability Community

Disabled people are sometimes unfairly viewed as disobeying police commands.

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Why One Man Is Seeking Sanctuary At DuPage County Church

A Mexican man is seeking sanctuary at a church in the western suburbs.

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Changes To State Insurance Program May Make Getting Vaccines Harder

Getting vaccines from a local doctor may be more difficult in the coming months.

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City Clears Homeless Encampment From Former School Site

As the City of Chicago clears out a tent city in Uptown, the tent city's residents say there aren’t many places left for them to go.

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