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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Tired Of Tiny Seats And No Legroom On Flights? Don't Expect It To Change

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Retired truck driver Frank Rivera, 63, prays at the grotto of the Sacred Heart in the courtyard of St. Alexis Catholic Church, Bensenville, Ill. About half of Bensenville's residents are Latino, many of whom were born here or came to the U.S. decades ago and are U.S. citizens. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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Anxiety Grows Over Anti-Immigrant Actions: 'We Feel They Are After Us'

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36,000 Feet In The Air, Flight Attendants And Passengers Say 'Me, Too'

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Chicago's Hyperloop Announcement Met With Questions

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The interior of a Tesla Model X 75D semi-autonomous electric vehicle is shown in January 2017. The company's autopilot system has been engaged at the time of a number of accidents, including a crash that killed the driver in California in March, but the company emphasizes the system can't be relied on to prevent collisions. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Sen. Dick Durbin Says He'd Support Shorter Sentence For Rod Blagojevich

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Traveling For The Memorial Day Holiday? You're Not Alone

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On National School Walkout Day, Students On Chicago's South Side Chant For Gun Reform

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News Brief: Justice Department Developments, National School Walkout, South Korea

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Students Walk Out Again To Protest Gun Violence

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What Happened On That Southwest Flight

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After Passenger Dragging Last Year, Airlines Improved Performance

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