Cheryl Corley

Cheryl Corley is an NPR correspondent who works for the National Desk and is based in Chicago. She travels throughout the Midwest covering issues and events throughout the region's 12 states.

In recent years, Corley has reported on the campaign and re-election of President Barack Obama, on the efforts by Illinois officials to rethink the state's Juvenile Justice System, on youth violence in Chicago, and on political turmoil in the Illinois state government. She's reported on the infamous Trayvon Martin shooting case in Florida and covered tornadoes that have destroyed homes and claimed lives in Harrisburg, Illinois; small towns in Oklahoma; and Joplin, Missouri.

In addition, Corley was among the group of NPR reporters covering the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as they tore through the Gulf Coast. She returned to the area, five years later, and joined the reporting team covering the impact of the BP oil spill. Corley also has served as a fill-in host for NPR shows, including Weekend All Things Considered, Tell Me More, and Morning Edition.

Prior to joining NPR, Corley was the news director at Chicago's public radio station, WBEZ, where she supervised an award-winning team of reporters. She also has been a frequent panelist on television news-affairs programs in Chicago.

Corley has received awards for her work from a number of organizations including the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press, the Public Radio News Directors Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She earned the Community Media Workshop's Studs Terkel Award for excellence in reporting on Chicago's diverse communities and a Herman Kogan Award for reporting on immigration issues.

A Chicago native, Corley graduated cum laude from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and is now a Bradley University trustee. While in Peoria, Corley worked as a reporter and news director for public radio station WCBU and as a television director for the NBC affiliate, WEEK-TV. She is a past President of the Association for Women Journalists in Chicago.

She is also the co-creator of the Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program. The critics/journalism training program for female high school juniors is a collaboration between AWJ-Chicago and the Goodman Theatre. Corley has also served as a board member of Community Television Network, an organization that trains Chicago youth in video and multi-media production.

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Around the Nation
5:58 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Announces Anti-Discrimination Plan

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:27 pm

Sigma Alpha Epsilon announced Wednesday a plan to eliminate instances of racial discrimination and insensitivity among its members nationwide. The fraternity's move follows the disbanding of its University of Oklahoma chapter for racially offensive actions.

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5:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Ferguson Residents Continue To Heal After Police Shooting

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

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2:19 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Ferguson Police Begin Reform Following DOJ Report, Mayor Says

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Law
4:40 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Ferguson Residents Not Surprised By DOJ Report Findings

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:29 pm

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Around the Nation
4:16 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Chicago's Historic Pullman District Becomes National Monument

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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Politics
5:04 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Pre-Election, Chicago Mayor Emanuel Loses African-American Support

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 7:58 am

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Sports
4:35 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Chicago Little League Team Stripped Of U.S. Championship

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 6:27 pm

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Around the Nation
3:51 am
Thu February 5, 2015

A Chicago Community Puts Mixed-Income Housing To The Test

A resident of Lathrop Homes leaves one of the few occupied buildings in the development. The city wants to redevelop the public housing as mixed use, and offered vouchers to encourage residents to relocate.
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Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 2:38 pm

Right next to the Chicago River on the city's North Side, Lathrop Homes, with its black, white and Latino residents, is considered the city's most diverse public housing.

It's also on the National Register of Historic Places. And with 925 low-rise units on about 30 acres, it's big. But these days, only a fraction of those apartments are occupied.

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Around the Nation
5:08 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Chicago Tries To Up Its Chances Of Hosting Obama's Presidential Library

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:16 pm

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Around the Nation
4:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Chicago Scrambles To Remain Top Contender For Obama Library

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:31 am

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