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David Schaper

Reporter, National Desk, Chicago

David Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.

In this role, he covers news in Chicago and around the Midwest. Additionally he reports on a broad range of important social, cultural, political, and business issues in the region.

The range of Schaper's reporting has included profiles of service members killed in Iraq, and members of a reserve unit returning home to Wisconsin. He produced reports on the important political issues in key Midwest battleground states, education issues related to "No Child Left Behind," the bankruptcy of United Airlines as well as other aviation and transportation issues, and the devastation left by tornadoes, storms, blizzards, and floods in the Midwest.

Prior to joining NPR, Schaper spent nine years working as an award-winning reporter and editor for Chicago Public Radio's WBEZ-FM. For three years he covered education issues, reporting in-depth on the problems, financial and otherwise, plaguing Chicago's public schools.

In 1996, Schaper was named assistant news editor, managing the station's daily news coverage and editing a staff of six. He continued general assignment reporting, covering breaking news, politics, transportation, housing, sports, and business.

When he left WBEZ, Schaper was the station's political reporter, editor, and a frequent fill-in news anchor and program host. Additionally, he served as a frequent guest panelist on public television's Chicago Tonight and Chicago Week in Review.

Since beginning his career at Wisconsin Public Radio's WLSU-FM, Schaper worked in Chicago as a writer and editor for WBBM-AM and as a reporter and anchor for WXRT-FM. He worked at commercial stations WMAY-AM in Springfield, IL; and WIZM-AM and FM in La Crosse, WI; and at public stations WSSU-FM (now WUIS) and WDCB-FM in in Illinois.

Schaper earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and an Master of Arts from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

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Passengers check in for flights with United Airlines at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. United, American and Delta now offer no-frills "basic economy" fares. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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New 'Basic Economy' Airfares May Not Be As Cheap As You Think

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Civil Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure A Near Failing Grade

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There are 59,000 structurally deficient bridges around the country. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Engineers Say Tax Increase Needed To Save Failing U.S. Infrastructure

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Trump Travel Ban Hits The Travel Industry

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St. Louis Man Arrested For Threats Against Jewish Community Centers

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There are hints that the Trump administration might require all federally-funded construction projects to be done not only with steel and concrete made in the U.S. but also with American-made equipment, like this Caterpillar backhoe. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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For Construction Projects, 'Buying American' Means Higher Costs

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Unsafe Driving Leads To Jump In Highway Deaths, Study Finds

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President Trump, shown boarding Air Force One in Tampa this week, is to meet with airline CEOs at the White House. Dated infrastructure is one topic expected to be discussed Thursday morning. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Airline CEOs To Discuss Aging Infrastructure, Foreign Competition With Trump

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A road repair blocks traffic in Springfield, Ill. as Congress tries to decide how to pay for President Trump's ambitious spending plan to rebuild roads, bridges, railroads and airports. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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President Trump's executive order is particularly difficult for airlines based in the Middle East, which have to check the birthplaces of all their crew members. Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Travel Ban, Airlines Scramble To Reroute Crew Members

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Executive Order Ban Leaves Travelers In Disarray At Chicago Airport

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Crime scene tape hangs in front of a vacant lot where a shooting occurred in December. President Trump tweeted last night about Chicago gun violence, saying he'll "send in the Feds" if the city doesn't fix the carnage. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicagoans See Fed Role In Fighting Crime Wave — But Not On Streets

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Airline Technology Glitches Annoy And Delay Customers

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Secretary of Transportation-designate Elaine Chao testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Listening are her father, James Chao, left, and husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Zach Gibson/AP hide caption

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