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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50 Years Ago, Martin Luther King Jr. Fought For Open Housing In Chicago

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More Unrest After Milwaukee Police Shooting But No Widespread Destruction

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Unrest And Protest In Milwaukee After Police Shooting

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Gangs Allegedly Threaten Chicago Police After Shooting Of Black Man

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Community activist Aleta Clark speaks to residents and police gathered for an "Operation Wake Up" rally in Chicago. At least 15 children age 12 years old and younger have been injured by gunfire since the beginning of the year. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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More Children Caught In The Crossfire Amid Chicago Street Shootings Spike

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Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, looks at a photo button of her son during a press conference on the state Capitol grounds in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday. Philando Castile was fatally shot by police July 6. Eric Miller/Reuters hide caption

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The Driving Life And Death Of Philando Castile

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Parishioners of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, gather on July 10, 2016, to pray for the five police officers killed when a man used a high-power rifle in a sniper attack at a protest in Dallas late July 7. Laura Buckman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Country Reels From Violent Week, Clergies Offer Messages Of Healing

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Community In Disbelief That Minn. Man Was Killed By Police

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Abner Mikva, Former Illinois Congressman And Obama Mentor, Dies

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Orlando Club Hosts Dance Party Nearly 2 Weeks After Deadly Mass Shooting

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Meets With Victims, Police In Orlando

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Chicago Archdiocese To Offer Paid Family Leave

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Autopsy Report: Prince Died Of An Accidental Overdose

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Pilot tests discovered high levels of lead in three water fountains at this school on Chicago's South Side. The fountains were shut down and replaced with water coolers. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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High Lead Levels Discovered In Chicago School's Drinking Fountains

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Chicago Public Schools Expand Guidelines For Transgender Students

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