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Kate McGee

Kate McGee

Education Reporter

Kate McGee covers higher education for the WBEZ Education Desk. She joined WBEZ in May 2018 after spending a year at WAMU, the NPR affiliate in Washington D.C. There, she broke a major story that revealed D.C. Public Schools were awarding diplomas to underprepared students in violation of their own policies. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Kate got her public radio start at Fordham University’s WFUV. She covered education at KUT, the NPR affiliate in Austin, Texas, where she was named Texas Associated Press Radio Reporter of the Year in 2015. She’s also worked at WNYC and KUNR in Reno, Nevada. Kate’s work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here and Now, and The Takeaway. She enjoys road trips, going to baseball games, buying books she doesn’t have time to read, and drinking a good beer outdoors.

Recent Stories

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Local Universities Grapple With Limits Of Free Speech

Students and faculty at Northwestern and the University of Chicago clash over academic freedom and free speech on campus.

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Illinois College Student Out Migration Continues

One out of every five Illinois students leaves the state for college. Officials say the state budget impasse accelerated the out migration.

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City Colleges Of Chicago Puts Tuition Increase On Hold

City Colleges decided to put a four-year annual tuition hike on hold to gather more feedback from stakeholders.

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‘Constrained’ Pritzker Budget Prioritizes Education

Gov. JB Pritzker proposes a $630 million boost for education in an otherwise austere budget blueprint.

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Sue The T. Rex Travels Across Town For An X-Ray

Researchers took Sue’s bones from the Field Museum to the University of Illinois at Chicago to try to solve a mystery about the dinosaur.

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City Colleges Of Chicago Wants To Hike Tuition

The Board of Trustees will vote in March on a proposal to increase tuition by 2 percent every year for four consecutive years.

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7 Higher Education Bills To Watch In Illinois

From stopping an exodus of students to colleges outside Illinois to paying student athletes, WBEZ details bills pending in Springfield.

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Loyola University Student Newspaper Blasts School’s Restrictive Media Policy

Loyola prevents student reporters from talking to professors directly, requiring them to go through the school’s media relations office.

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Are Changes At City Colleges Of Chicago Driving Students Away?

Enrollment at City Colleges is down 32 percent since 2010. Some say recent changes have undercut its mission to serve all students.

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Federal Shutdown Won’t Stop Smithsonian Loan To Northwestern Museum

The government shutdown threatened the Block Museum’s upcoming exhibit on medieval African art.

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Robert Morris University Slashes Graduate School Tuition

Robert Morris is cutting its graduate school tuition by 30 percent to boost applicants and affordability, a growing trend nationally.

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Mayoral Candidate Daley Wants To Merge Chicago Public Schools And City Colleges

Daley says a pre-K through college education system would better prepare students for the workforce.

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University of Illinois Insures Itself Against Drop In Chinese Student Enrollment

School leaders believe U of I is first in the world to insure itself against a big drop. Chinese nationals make up 11 percent of students.

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How One Illinois School Is Tackling Dropping International Enrollment

Foreign enrollment at U.S. colleges is down again, hurting schools’ bottom line. Governors State University is working to buck the trend.

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Illinois Universities Target Students Who Are Admitted But Don't Go

Manaja Miller is among the thousands of Illinois students who get into state universities each year but don’t end up enrolling anywhere.

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DePaul, Harold Washington College To Create Affordable Path To Bachelor’s

Qualifying students can earn a two-year degree while getting four-year experience and automatic transfer to DePaul.

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Protesters’ Black Friday Message To Target Shoppers: Don’t Spend Here

Protesters on Friday urged shoppers to stay away from a Target in Chatham, one of two on Chicago’s South Side slated to close in February.

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Proposed Sexual Misconduct Rules Conflict With Illinois Law

New sexual misconduct rules proposed by the White House contradict state law.

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Adult Ed Classes To Resume After CPS Background Checks Forced Cancellations

Classes in Chicago public schools were halted after the district mandated sweeping background checks in response to a sex abuse scandal.

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Michelle Obama College? City Students Want A Name Change

Daley College students want to rename the school after a woman of color, with many pushing to name it for former first lady Michelle Obama.

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