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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4:34pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Politics

Chicago Wins Bid For Obama Presidential Library

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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4:31pm

Tue May 5, 2015
U.S.

From Oakland To Baltimore, Lessons Learned From Cities Of Unrest

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:07 pm

Public memorials, like the one at the scene where Freddie Gray was arrested, have become sites to commemorate other deaths of unarmed black men in similar police encounters across the country.
David Goldman AP

The images from Baltimore of demonstrations, police in riot gear, looting and outbreaks of violence are familiar to some other cities after encounters with police ended in death for unarmed individuals — primarily black men.

Officials say what comes from those tragic encounters can be important lessons about policing and moving forward.

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4:21am

Mon April 6, 2015
Race

Ferguson Activists Hope That Momentum Sparks A National Movement

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 12:21 pm

Ferguson activists march through downtown St. Louis during a protest last month.
Scott Olson Getty Images

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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2:19pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Law

Ferguson Police Begin Reform Following DOJ Report, Mayor Says

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5:04am

Tue February 17, 2015
Politics

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

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

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4:35pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Sports

Chicago Little League Team Stripped Of U.S. Championship

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

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3:51am

Thu February 5, 2015
Around the Nation

A Chicago Community Puts Mixed-Income Housing To The Test

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 2:38 pm

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.
Cheryl Corley NPR

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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2:43am

Mon December 29, 2014
Environment

Road Salt Contributes To Toxic Chemical Levels In Streams

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 10:05 am

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

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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5:18am

Fri December 12, 2014
Race

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

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 7:02 am

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5:10pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Grand Jury Decision Apparently Imminent In Ferguson, Mo.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:15 am

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7:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Race

Ferguson Braces For Grand Jury Decision

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:52 pm

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

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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6:16am

Tue October 28, 2014
Around the Nation

Chicago Residents Call For More Transparency In City Housing Authority

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 1:17 pm

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4:53am

Fri October 24, 2014
Around the Nation

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

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 11:18 am

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.
Cheryl Corley NPR

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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4:31pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Around the Nation

In Missouri, A Tale Of Two Fergusons

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:35 pm

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3:27am

Mon September 29, 2014
A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus

HBCUs Move To Address Campus Sexual Assaults, But Is It Enough?

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

When it comes to studying sexual violence, college surveys often don't include students at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. But one major study found sexual assaults are lower on those campuses than others.

Some question those numbers and whether HBCUs have the resolve to openly address the issue of campus rape.

Of the 100 HBCUs in the country, Morgan State University in Baltimore ranks in the top 15 for academics.

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