David Schaper David Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.
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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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St. Louis On Edge As Protesters Expected To Gather Again

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Houston's Tight Rental Market Makes It Tough For Low-Income Hurricane Victims

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A smokestack rises in the background over the East Houston community of Manchester, Texas, where the air was heavy with what smelled like gasoline after Hurricane Harvey in late August. The neighborhood is ringed by industrial sites. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake

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Erik Budman hangs plywood at a Key Largo, Fla., business in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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Why Hurricane Irma's Winds Are An Extreme Worry For Florida

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Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is also home to one of the few scoreboards still operated by hand. Daniel Gaken/Flickr hide caption

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Inside Wrigley Field, The Scorekeepers Stay True To Baseball's Beginnings

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The top image is a map of the San Francisco airport created from Harris Symphony OpsVue radar track data analysis of an an Air Canada flight trying to land on July 7. The bottom image was taken from San Francisco International Airport video. National Transportation Safety Board hide caption

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10 Years After Bridge Collapse, America Is Still Crumbling

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Chicago Fights To Remain 2 Newspaper Town As Labor Groups Buy 'Sun-Times'

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U.S. Lifts Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East

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Federal Officials Investigating Near Collision At San Francisco Airport

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Low Gas Prices Lead Millions Of People To Plan Summer Travel

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