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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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Fewer Choices, Higher Costs Coming In Illinois Obamacare Marketplace

Health insurance costs will be up on the Obamacare marketplace in 2017.

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Aetna Drops Out Of Illinois Marketplace

Insurance choices on Illinois Obamacare marketplace get slimmer.

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Hospital Teaches Mental Health First Aid

Librarians, city office workers, and teachers learn mental health first aid.

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The Present And Future Heat Waves Of Chicago

A massive heat wave hits the Midwest, after a 14-month stretch of record breaking heat globally.

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Scrambling For New Health Plans, After Insurer Closes Its Doors

One insurance agent says around this time of year, he usually gets about two client calls a day. This week, he's getting over one hundred.

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Illinois To Shut Down Failing Health Insurance Co-op

The insurance co-op, Land of Lincoln, is shutting its doors. That'll leave 49,000 people in Illinois looking for insurance.

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How Is Climate Change Affecting Chicago?

We took to Twitter to answer some of your questions about how climate change, flooding and inequality are coming to a head in Chicago.

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The Gross Gatherings: A Climate Fight On Chicago’s South Side

Cheryl Watson lives in the house where she grew up and doesn't want to leave. But regular and relentless flooding, exacerbated by climate change, is destroying her home.

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Coming Home To Coal Country

When Ashley Funk learned what the black hills behind her Southwestern Pennsylvania house we made of, it drove a wedge between her and her hometown.

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Excruciating Choice: Trading Parental Custody For Mental Health Care

How parents are enticed to abandon their children and why little is being done to stop it.

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New Report Reinforces Climate Change's Threat To Human Health

Particularly relevant for Chicago, was its prediction that air quality might get worse.

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Cook County Official Worried About Aging Voting Machines

David Orr said polls were running smoothly this morning, but there are concerns for November.

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With No State Budget, Agencies Face High Employee Turnover

Illinois organizations that care for people with developmental disabilities say it’s hard to attract and retain a workforce because the pay is too low. 

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911 Audio: Mother Asks For Help Getting Son To Hospital, Then Son Killed in Police-Involved Shooting

Hear the 911 call from the recent police-involved shooting of Chicago man James Anderson. Anderson's mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Police Violence Raises Concern Over Access to Mental Health Services

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to get police more tasers and highlighted police trainings, but hasn't addressed dwindling mental health services.

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Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Lacked Crisis Training

The Chicago police officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald never received the Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team training.

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Is Chicago Breaking a State Yard Waste Law?

It is against the law in Illinois to put yard waste, like leaves and sticks, into a landfill. But because of choices made by the city of Chicago, that is exactly where a lot our yard waste is ending up. 

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Mental health crisis training for police on hold

Chicago Police Officers can take special training that teaches how to respond to mental health crisis. But most of the classes are on hold, because the program relies on state cash.

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Rauner signs bill that helps more children get mental health care

Before the bill was signed, some families would give up custody of their child to the Department of Children and Family Services. It was the only way,  those families said, to get their child the needed help. 

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