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
4:17 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Latest Protests Keep Attention On Police Killings Of Unarmed Minorities

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:11 pm

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4:08 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Chicago Offers Reparations Package To Police Torture Victims

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Politics
3:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Chicago Voters Keep Mayor Rahm Emanuel In Office

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Race
2:21 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Ferguson Activists Hope That Momentum Sparks A National Movement

Ferguson activists march through downtown St. Louis during a protest last month.
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Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 10:21 am

Since August, several U.S cities have been at the center of protests about policing and race. Activists in Ferguson, Mo., demonstrated for months in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old killed by a white police officer last summer. They also have demanded resignations and pushed for new laws in what organizers say is the start of a national movement for justice.

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Around the Nation
2:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Wisconsin City Serves As Model For Community Policing

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 1:09 pm

In the wake of fatal police-involved shootings, cities are looking for ways to institute police department reforms. A community policing program in Racine, Wis., calls for police officers to work out of people's houses in specific neighborhoods.

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Around the Nation
3:24 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Announces Anti-Discrimination Plan

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:27 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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Around the Nation
2:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Ferguson Residents Continue To Heal After Police Shooting

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

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Around the Nation
2:42 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Search Continues For Perpetrators In Ferguson Police Shootings

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Law
12:12 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Ferguson Police Begin Reform Following DOJ Report, Mayor Says

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Law
2:40 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Ferguson Residents Not Surprised By DOJ Report Findings

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Around the Nation
2:16 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Chicago's Historic Pullman District Becomes National Monument

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Politics
3:04 am
Tue February 17, 2015

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

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Sports
2:35 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Chicago Little League Team Stripped Of U.S. Championship

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Around the Nation
1:51 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 12:38 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
3:08 am
Thu January 22, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 12:16 pm

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Around the Nation
2:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Chicago Scrambles To Remain Top Contender For Obama Library

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 10:31 pm

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Remembrances
2:36 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Woman Remembered As Passioniate Activist For The Wrongly Convicted

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

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Environment
12:39 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Road Salt Contributes To Toxic Chemical Levels In Streams

Salt is unloaded at a maintenance yard in Scio Township, Mich., in September.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 8:05 am

This is the time of year when it's not uncommon to see big trucks barreling down highways and streets spreading road salt.

Steve Corsi, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says that translates into high levels of chloride concentrations for rivers like the Milwaukee in Wisconsin or 18 other streams near urban areas in Illinois, Ohio, Colorado and several other states.

"At many of the streams, concentrations have now exceeded those that are harmful to aquatic life," he says.

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Race
3:01 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Even Under Obama, Black Activist Says Every Inch Of Progress Is A Fight

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:02 am

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Around the Nation
2:44 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Damaged Businesses Vow Ferguson Will Rebound From Violence

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 10:12 am

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Around the Nation
3:36 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Reverberates Across The Nation

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:15 am

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Around the Nation
4:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Protests Rock Ferguson After Officer Isn't Indicted In Brown's Death

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:02 am

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Around the Nation
4:02 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Grand Jury Decision Apparently Imminent In Ferguson, Mo.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:15 am

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5:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Ferguson Braces For Grand Jury Decision

Some businesses in Ferguson have boarded up their windows in anticipation of the grand jury announcement whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:52 pm

It's not certain that a grand jury decision in a Ferguson, Mo., case will be announced this weekend, but officials, protesters and city leaders have been preparing.

The grand jury, which will decide whether a white police officer who shot an unarmed black 18-year-old will face charges, met behind closed doors Friday. The city is bracing for what comes next.

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Around the Nation
2:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Residents In Ferguson, Mo., Ready For Grand Jury Decision

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

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Music News
2:24 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Joyful Opera Performed In Nazi Concentration Camp Revived In Chicago

Ela Stein Weissberger joins the cast of Brundib√°r for a final song.
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Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:53 pm

Brundib√°r, a children's opera that premiered during World War II, became both a symbol of hope and resistance and a Nazi propaganda tool. Now, Petite Opera, a small company in suburban Chicago, is reprising the opera, originally performed by Jewish children held in a concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia.

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Around the Nation
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Missouri Commission To Address Issues Underlying Turmoil In Ferguson

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 9:50 am

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Around the Nation
4:16 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Chicago Residents Call For More Transparency In City Housing Authority

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 11:17 am

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2:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

With Ferguson Protests, 20-Somethings Become First-Time Activists

Dontey Carter (from left), Mel Moffitt, Lenard Smith, Ned Alexander and Allen Frazier are all members of the Lost Voices group, formed after Michael Brown's death in August. They say they want to ensure justice for Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals killed by police officers.
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Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 9:18 am

In the weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., protesters gathered daily at the site of a burned-out convenience store.

About a block away, the empty lot of a boarded-up restaurant became the campsite for a group of young activists called the Lost Voices. During the protests, the group "invited all the people who can't come out every day and wanted to share the experience with us," says Lenard Smith.

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Around the Nation
2:22 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

In Missouri, A Tale Of Two Fergusons

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 4:35 pm

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