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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Government Calls Back Furloughed Aviation Workers, But Gaps Will Remain

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Some Travelers Expressing Gratitude For TSA Workers Amid Shutdown

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Federal regulators have announced plans to allow drone operators to fly their unmanned aerial vehicles over populated areas and at night. A Wing Hummingbird drone from Project Wing arrives and sets down its package at a delivery location in Blacksburg, Va., last year. Michael Shroyer via AP hide caption

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Jacinda, whose husband is a TSA officer in Portland, Ore., working during the shutdown without pay, with her two young children. Her family is worried about how they will pay their rent, electric bill and cellphone bill. Courtesy of Jacinda hide caption

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'I'm Scared': TSA Families Fear Falling Behind On Bills, Losing Their Homes

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How The Government Shutdown Is Affecting Air Travel

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There's Always A Cost Associated With Free Shipping

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A worker labels packages at a FedEx warehouse in Chicago. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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The Monumental Push Behind Getting That Package Delivered By Christmas

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Rush hour on Interstate 10 in El Paso, Texas. A federal report suggests America's interstates are worn, overused and highly congested. It also recommends billions of dollars in fixes. Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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McDonald's moved its corporate headquarters from the Chicago suburbs into the city. The new location is near two Chicago Transit Authority "L" stops, including Morgan Station, a 2012 addition to the system. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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'Talent Wants Transit': Companies Near Transportation Gaining The Upper Hand

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Indonesian Investigation On Air Crash Shows Pilots Struggled With Automated System

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Indonesian Officials Release Report On Air Crash That Killed 189 People

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Areas With Mass Transit See Job Growth, Research Indicates

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Security Lines Might Not Be So Bad At Airports This Holiday Season

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Airline Pilots Raise Training Concerns About Boeing's 737 Max

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