Cheryl Corley
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Cheryl Corley

Correspondent, National Desk, Chicago

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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DOJ Report On Chicago Police Finds 'Pattern Of Excessive Force'

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President Obama waves to supporters at an election night party in Chicago to proclaim victory in the 2012 presidential election. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Before Farewell Speech, Chicagoans Reflect On President Obama's Legacy

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Researchers Link Gun Violence To Public Health In Chicago Study

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In 2016, Violence Pervaded Policing On Both Ends Of The Gun

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From Immigration To Infrastructure, Big-City Mayors Draw Up Wish List For Trump

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Demonstrations Continue At The Dakota Access Pipeline

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Army Corps Of Engineers Wants Further Study Of Dakota Access Pipeline

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In A Sea Of Red, Illinois Stands Out As A Blue State

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Chicago Cubs Fans Celebrate First World Series Win In 108 Years

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Chicago Cubs superfan Virginia Wood is celebrating her 102nd birthday next month, and she's hoping her beloved team grants her a wish — a World Series title. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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101-Year-Old Chicago Cubs Fan Hopes Beloved Team Grants Her Birthday Wish

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Co-Founder Of Chess Records, Phil Chess, Dies At 95

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Union Publicizes Sexual Harassment In Chicago's Hospitality Industry

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Chicago City Council Approves Oversight Agency To Police The Police

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