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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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Many Cops Under Tremendous Stress After High-Profile Killings

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Baton Rouge Is Shattered Again By Deadly Gunshots

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Istanbul Attack Highlights Vulnerability Of 'Soft Targets' Outside Airport Security

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Chicago Residents Fight Crime One Vacant Lot At A Time

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Chicago Energized By National Gun Control Reform Movement

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Investigators Hope Recorders Will Give Clues To EgyptAir Crash

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Cities Consider Privatizing TSA To Speed Up Checkpoints, But Would It?

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TSA Head Visits Chicago Airports In Effort To Reduce Long Security Lines

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Egyptian Officials Cite Possible Terrorism In EgyptAir Crash Investigation

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Investigators and first responders work near the wreckage of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188, which derailed May 13, 2015, in north Philadelphia. Eight people were killed and hundreds injured in the crash. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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In Aftermath Of Hastert Case, States Push To Change Reporting Of Child Sex Abuse

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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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