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Susie An

Susie An

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Susie An is a reporter for WBEZ and covers state and suburban education.

She also serves as an occasional news anchor and show host on WBEZ. She’s directed shows like, Schools on the Line, a past WBEZ call-in show focusing on education in Chicago. Her work has also been heard on NPR, CBC and BBC. Susie joined WBEZ as a news desk intern in September 2007. Prior to joining WBEZ, Susie worked at the Peoria Journal Star newspaper and worked as an acquisitions editor for Publications International, Ltd.

Susie’s work has won awards from the Associated Press and Chicago Headline Club. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Susie has been a Chicago resident since 2006.

Recent Stories

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Changing Classrooms: ‘I’ve Never Had A Class With An African American Teacher’

Schools across the region are enrolling more students of color. Some with largely white teachers are taking a serious look at how they teach.

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Crash Course In American High School For New Migrant Students

Fenton High School is piloting a program for newcomers after seeing an uptick in migrant students over the past few years.

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Report: Illinois School District Lines Can Reinforce Segregation

Segregation in school is unconstitutional, but integration can’t be mandated across school districts.

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Mom Says Suburban School District Allowed Racial Bullying

Mom says her son suffered through years of racism and racial harassment while a student in a Will County school district.

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Trump Delays Deportations Raids Scheduled For Sunday

Trump said in a tweet Saturday he would delay deportations for two weeks to give lawmakers time to discuss border solutions.

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Up To $7 Billion Still Needed To Properly Fund Illinois Schools

A new funding formula directs extra state dollars to Illinois’ neediest schools but the state says 77% of schools are still underfunded.

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Is Illinois' Cursive Mandate In Schools Producing Cursive Scribes?

This is the first year Illinois schools were required to teach cursive, but kids don’t always keep up with it outside of class.

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Gov. Pritzker Backpedals On Plans To End State Private School Scholarships

In a busy legislative session for education, private school scholarships stayed alive, school funding was boosted and charters took a hit.

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Illinois Lawmakers Aim To Eliminate High-Stakes Teacher Licensing Test

Legislators could pass a bill this month that eliminates a requirement that student teachers film themselves teaching to get a license.

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The 100% Club: Mostly Black High School Sending All Seniors To College

Every senior at Southland High School in the south suburbs was admitted to college, collectively earning $50 million in scholarships.

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When Migrant Students Come To Illinois, Schools Adjust And Embrace

As the number of migrants entering the U.S. grabs the spotlight, two suburban Chicago schools quietly adapt to new Guatemalan students.

Morning Shift

'Our Perspective' Brings Asian American Voices To The Stage

The play reading series comes just in time for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

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Students Protest Blackface Incident

Students at racially integrated Homewood-Flossmoor High School in the south suburbs want four boys expelled who posted a blackface video.

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Envisioning A Legal Pot Market Open For All

Black entrepreneurs are urging Illinois lawmakers to make sure all groups can take part in a new legalized pot market.

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Pro-Charter School Group Spends And Wins

Most Chicago aldermanic candidates endorsed by a pro-charter school group won their runoff elections on Tuesday.

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Andre Vasquez Unseats Powerful North Side Alderman Pat O’Connor

Veteran North Side Ald. Pat O’Connor had been Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s floor leader. He will be replaced by a political newcomer.

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Pro-Charter Group Spends Big In Chicago Election

A super PAC affiliated with a pro-charter group is spending more than $800,000 in aldermanic races, up from $30,000 four years ago.

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Mayoral Candidate Campaigns After He Finishes His Homework

A high school senior is running to be mayor of Palos Park. If he wins, he’ll split time between the job and college classes.

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UIC Grad Students On Strike

Teaching assistants say they do the work of professors for little pay. The union said most classes taught by grad students were canceled.

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Some Preschoolers In High-Risk Illinois Areas Aren’t Getting Services

A new report finds about 68 percent of the state’s young children live in areas where they face high to moderate risk factors.

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