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Becky Vevea

Becky Vevea

Political Reporter

Becky Vevea is a political reporter for WBEZ. She covers Chicago’s City Council, the Mayor, and the many departments that determine how the city functions. Prior to covering politics, she covered public education and the Chicago Public Schools for five years. 

Her recent work has uncovered falsified graduation data at Chicago high schools, examined how school construction projects propel the city’s deep segregation, and looked at how Illinois funds its public schools. 

In 2013, Becky became the youngest recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for her coverage of Chicago’s 50 school closings. The Schorr prize is awarded to one public radio journalist under 35 each year. She has also won three 1st place awards from the Education Writers Association, a Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club and a 1st place award from the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Prior to joining WBEZ in 2012, Becky covered public education for the Chicago News Cooperative and before that, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as an education and general assignment reporter. Her work has also been published in The New York Times and USA Today.

Becky holds a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from University of Wisconsin - Madison. She grew up in rural central Wisconsin and currently lives in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood with her husband

Recent Stories


Most Mayoral Candidates Say No To More Chicago School Closings

Amid declining enrollment, WBEZ asked Chicago's 2019 mayoral candidates whether they would support more Chicago public school closings.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

How Closing Schools Became A Huge Issue In Chicago Politics

We get the backstory on how a generation of school closings has changed the lives of Chicago's kids and the nature of Chicago politics.


Vacant School Buildings Litter City After Closings

Chicago has closed or shaken up 200 schools since 2002. That has left 38 vacant buildings on the South and West sides, a WBEZ analysis shows.


Preckwinkle, As Chicago Mayor, Would Push For Elected CPS Board

Part of the Cook County Board President’s education platform means she’d push to end more than two decades of mayoral control of CPS.


Chicago Mayoral Candidates Scramble To Bump Opponents Off Ballot

The unwieldy, 21-candidate race to become Chicago’s next mayor could shrink as campaigns begin fighting over ballot access.


Chicago Closed Or Shook Up 200 Schools: Who Was Helped, Who Was Hurt?

Some 70,000 kids, nearly all black, lived through a school shakeup, WBEZ finds. At the same time, CPS opened almost 200 schools.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

What It’s Like When The FBI Raids A Chicago Alderman’s Offices

On Thursday, the feds raided the offices of Chicago’s most powerful City Council member. We take you behind the scenes.


FBI Raids Offices Of Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke

Federal agents showed up at the office of Chicago Ald. Ed Burke on Thursday morning to execute a search warrant, a source tells WBEZ.


Flying Turkeys: What Thanksgiving Dishes Can And Can’t Get Through Airport Security

Frozen turkeys? Yes. Creamed corn, gravy, and cranberry sauce? No. Stuffing? It’s complicated.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

A Quick Hit Of Chicago Politics For Your Thanksgiving Travels

Monday was the first day candidates could submit signatures for Chicago's February elections. It was a bleary-eyed political circus.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

The Election Is Over. Now What?

The people have spoken and the votes are in. Here’s what your new government looks like and what to expect going forward.


Lauren Underwood Wins Illinois’ 14th Congressional District

The 32-year-old, who worked in the Obama administration, won in a district that had been an exurban Republican bastion for decades.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

The Red (or Blue?) Chicago Suburbs

Chicago’s suburbs have often played a big role in Illinois elections. But a recent political shift might just change the landscape.


Halloween At City Council: 5 Things To Know

Chicago aldermen, some dressed in elaborate Halloween costumes, met for a packed day of tricks and treats on Wednesday.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Race In The Governor’s Race

The truth about diversity inside the Rauner administration and a look at how Pritzker has handled his own stumbles when it comes to race.


Facing Elections, Aldermen Hope To Avoid Property Tax Increase For Pensions

Aldermen urge Mayor Emanuel and budget officials to come up with a plan to fund pensions in a way that would avoid property tax increases.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Midterm Madness LIVE!

Veteran Chicago journalists broke down how local races might fit into the national picture at this week’s ‘On Background’ live event.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

9 Races In 18 Minutes: Your November Election Audio Cheat Sheet

What you need to know about some of Illinois’ most important races in the 2018 election, all in the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Neglecting Veterans, Removing Toilets, Criminal Finger Pointing

Why are the top two candidates for Illinois governor being accused of criminal behavior?

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

What Do The Wannabe Governors Stand For Anyway?

WBEZ asked each candidate for governor to answer 18 yes-or-no questions. We break down their answers, or lack of answers.

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