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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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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison
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Ex-House Speaker Hastert Sued By Sex Abuse Victim Over Hush Money
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Chicago Police Department Must Acknowledge Racist Past, Task Force Says
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Victoria Thomas' backyard was overrun with rats a few years ago. She tried everything from trenching and underground fencing to poison traps but nothing worked — until she got three feral cats. Victoria Thomas hide caption

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Facing A Growing Rat Problem, A Neighborhood Sets Off The Cat Patrol
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Change-Up In The Top Job At Chicago PD Greeted With Mixed Reactions
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Passengers wait to check in at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in June 2015. TSA screenings at U.S. airports are beyond ticket counters, baggage claim and other heavily trafficked areas. After terrorist bombings at the Brussels airport targeted those areas, U.S. officials are reconsidering how to keep them safe. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Officials Consider How U.S. Airports Could Stop A Brussels-Style Attack
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D.C. Metro Closure A Symptom Of National Transit Funding Woes
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Demonstrators in Chicago call for an end to gun violence and resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chicago police are under scrutiny following the release of a video showing the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicago Crime Spikes As Police Avoid Becoming 'The Next Viral Video'
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Civil Rights Activist Dr. Quentin Young Dies At 92
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Fueled by low gas prices and a stronger economy, Americans drove a record 3.15 trillion vehicle miles in 2015. But the additional driving may lead to more pollution and traffic gridlock. Zoran Milich/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheap Gas Means More Driving And Getting Stuck In Traffic
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U.S.-Cuba Officials To Sign Commercial Air Traffic Deal
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More Americans across all ages are opting not to drive. Endai Huedl/Getty Images/fStop hide caption

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Like Millennials, More Older Americans Steering Away From Driving
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Claiming Emotional Trauma, Chicago Officer Countersues Victim's Estate
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces an agreement to build a sixth runway at O'Hare International Airport, flanked by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (left) and United Airlines President and CEO Oscar Munoz. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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