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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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A passenger plane lands at the John F. Kennedy international airport. Lower air fares, better on-time performance, fewer lost bags and fewer passengers being bumped from over-booked flights have all contributed to the airline's better customer satisfaction ratings. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Have The 'Miserable' Airlines Finally Reached A Tipping Point?

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United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz in June 2016. He is appearing before a House committee today. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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'It Was A Mistake Of Epic Proportions,' United CEO Testifies

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A driver uses a phone while behind the wheel of a car on April 30, 2016, in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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'Textalyzer' Aims To Curb Distracted Driving, But What About Privacy?

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Morning News Brief: Trump's NAFTA Reversal, The North Korean Border, 'Textalyzer'

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Chicago police have arrested two teenage boys and are looking for several other suspects in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed on Facebook Live. Legal experts say some charges may be possible for those who watched online, but that they could be difficult to prove. Nova Safo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Should Viewers Of Facebook Live Gang Rape Face Charges?

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Drivers distracted by their devices are a well-documented, rising cause of traffic crashes, but there are a growing number of pedestrians, too, who can become oblivious to traffic around them. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Distraction, On Street And Sidewalk, Helps Cause Record Pedestrian Deaths

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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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