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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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Voters Backed Transit Funds. Will Congress OK Trump Infrastructure Plan?

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Indiana Working-Class Voters Hope Trump Will Deliver On Jobs Promises

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Cubs Fans Decorate Gravesites Of Loved Ones Across Chicago Area

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Cubs Fans Celebrate Team's First World Series Appearance In 71 Years

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On Baseball's Biggest Stage, 2 Lovable Losers Square Off To Become The Champ

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Human Errors Drive Growing Death Toll In Auto Crashes

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New Rules Would Require Airlines To Refund Baggage Fees For Delayed Luggage

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Matthew Moves Offshore After Dumping Torrential Rain On North Carolina

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Chicago Fans Infected With Playoff Fever As Cubs Enter Postseason

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Investigation Continues Into N.J. Commuter Train Crash

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Demonstrators calling for an end to gun violence and the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel march through downtown Chicago on December 31. More than 500 Chicagoans have been killed so far in 2016. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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