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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The Role Of Logistics In Disaster Management

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Vehicles were directed onto U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tuesday. The state government ordered traffic to use all the lanes on the route leading away from the coast to facilitate evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Hurricane Florence: Travel Begins To Snarl As Storm Closes In

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Hurricane Prep Challenges Transportation Networks

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Political Shocker: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Won't Seek Re-Election

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With wife Amy Rule by his side, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces Tuesday at City Hall in Chicago that he will not seek a third term in office. Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Shopping Online Doesn't Necessarily Reduce Traffic

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A study shows that ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber contribute to traffic congestion. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Ride-Hailing Services Add To Traffic Congestion, Study Says

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Critics Say Calls To Change 'Duck Boat' Designs Have Gone Unheeded

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The Federal Aviation Administration is refusing to regulate the size of airline seats, saying it sees no evidence that filling smaller seats with bigger passengers slows emergency evacuations. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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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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