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WBEZ Chicago Adds Two Education Reporters to Newsroom, Creating Largest and Most Robust Education Reporting Desk in Chicago
CHICAGO (April 4, 2018) – Today WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, announces the addition of two journalists to its education desk, Adriana Cardona-Maguigad and Kate McGee. With the addition of these two education reporters, WBEZ now has the largest and most robust education desk in Chicago – a key milestone in the organization’s plans to expand coverage and deepen the impact of its local education reporting.
Cardona-Maguigad will broaden WBEZ’s coverage of elementary and secondary education in Chicago, exploring life and learning inside public, private and parochial school classrooms, while also chronicling the ever-evolving landscape of youth culture more generally.
McGee will be WBEZ’s first higher education reporter, focusing on comprehensive coverage of the ideas and trends at local universities; student culture on campuses; and funding and spending for both the City Colleges of Chicago and public universities.
“Our education desk has a legacy of storytelling and investigative reporting on the issues facing kids, parents and schools in the Chicagoland area,” said Kate Grossman, senior editor of WBEZ’s education desk. “I’m thrilled to have Adriana and Kate join the team to expand our coverage and our impact. Kate has an unparalleled ability to transport listeners deep into the stories she tells and Adriana brings an insatiable curiosity and an innate eye for finding stories often overlooked by others.”
Cardona-Maguidad, originally from Colombia, rejoins WBEZ after having been a Pritzker Journalism Fellow at the station five years ago. Most recently, she was an investigative reporter at Univision and has been a reporting fellow at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. She started her career as editor-in-chief of The Gate, a bilingual community paper in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. She received her undergraduate degree at Loras College.
McGee has a deep history in both public media and in covering education. She joins WBEZ from WAMU, Washington D.C.’s NPR station, where she covered education and broke a top story last year about inflated graduation rates at a Washington, D.C. public high school that led to an official investigation that uncovered similar problems across the school district. Prior to WAMU, Kate worked at several public radio organizations including KUT Radio in Austin, Reno Public Radio and WFUV Radio in the Bronx. McGee is a New Jersey native and a graduate of Fordham University.
The WBEZ education desk is led by Grossman and includes education reporters Linda Lutton and Sarah Karp covering Chicago Public Schools and statewide and suburban school issues.
Signature reporting from the WBEZ education desk includes The View from Room 205, a documentary set in a single fourth-grade classroom on Chicago’s West Side that takes an intimate and unflinching look at the intersection of poverty and education. Recently, the WBEZ education desk also led an investigation into an overhaul of Chicago Public Schools’ special education program. WBEZ found the overhaul led to cutbacks in services for students and savings for the school district, prompting an official inquiry by the Illinois State Board of Education.
“At WBEZ we are establishing topic-oriented enterprise desks in the newsroom in order to have greater impact on the issues that matter to our community. We have started with three desks covering education, criminal justice and politics & government,” said Goli Sheikholeslami, CEO of WBEZ Chicago. “We are expanding our newsroom by attracting top journalists who want to serve the public with quality, local journalism that is essential to our community’s civic life. Adriana and Kate are terrific additions.”
About WBEZ Chicago
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