Cheryl Corley

Cheryl Corley is an NPR correspondent who works for the National Desk and is based in Chicago. She travels throughout the Midwest covering issues and events throughout the region's 12 states.

In recent years, Corley has reported on the campaign and re-election of President Barack Obama, on the efforts by Illinois officials to rethink the state's Juvenile Justice System, on youth violence in Chicago, and on political turmoil in the Illinois state government. She's reported on the infamous Trayvon Martin shooting case in Florida and covered tornadoes that have destroyed homes and claimed lives in Harrisburg, Illinois; small towns in Oklahoma; and Joplin, Missouri.

In addition, Corley was among the group of NPR reporters covering the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as they tore through the Gulf Coast. She returned to the area, five years later, and joined the reporting team covering the impact of the BP oil spill. Corley also has served as a fill-in host for NPR shows, including Weekend All Things Considered, Tell Me More, and Morning Edition.

Prior to joining NPR, Corley was the news director at Chicago's public radio station, WBEZ, where she supervised an award-winning team of reporters. She also has been a frequent panelist on television news-affairs programs in Chicago.

Corley has received awards for her work from a number of organizations including the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press, the Public Radio News Directors Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She earned the Community Media Workshop's Studs Terkel Award for excellence in reporting on Chicago's diverse communities and a Herman Kogan Award for reporting on immigration issues.

A Chicago native, Corley graduated cum laude from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and is now a Bradley University trustee. While in Peoria, Corley worked as a reporter and news director for public radio station WCBU and as a television director for the NBC affiliate, WEEK-TV. She is a past President of the Association for Women Journalists in Chicago.

She is also the co-creator of the Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program. The critics/journalism training program for female high school juniors is a collaboration between AWJ-Chicago and the Goodman Theatre. Corley has also served as a board member of Community Television Network, an organization that trains Chicago youth in video and multi-media production.

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Law
4:36 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Justice Report Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:53 pm

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Business
5:06 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Chicago's 'Cloud Tax' Raises The Cost Of Streaming Videos

Chicago is taxing services such as Netflix and Spotify. Some residents wonder if a tax on other Internet services will follow, and others worry the levy will scare away business.
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Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 3:15 pm

You wouldn't expect to pay a local tax when you stream a movie on Netflix, but Chicago has decided that such cloud-based services should be taxed just like tickets for live entertainment.

There was no debate or public hearing over the city's "cloud tax" — a 9 percent tax on streaming entertainment like Netflix and Spotify.

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Governing
5:04 am
Thu July 9, 2015

White House Announces Rule Strengthening Fair Housing Practices

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 2:15 pm

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Code Switch
4:30 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Raymond Smith of Charleston, S.C., kneels in prayer in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston before a worship service on June 21.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 8:12 pm

Can racism cause post-traumatic stress? That's one big question psychologists are trying to answer, particularly in the aftermath of the shooting at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., and the recent incidents involving police where race was a factor.

What's clear is that many black Americans experience what psychologists call "race-based trauma," says Monnica Williams, director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville.

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U.S.
5:11 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

In Charleston, A Day Of Faith And Recovery

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 6:18 pm

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Law
4:55 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Families Of Charleston, S.C., Victims Say They Will Not 'Let Hate Take Over'

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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Around the Nation
5:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Charleston Prayer Vigil Honors 9 Victims Of Deadly Church Shooting

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 1:00 pm

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It's in details from South Carolina that you sense a community insisting on its humanity in the face of awful news. The news was the killing of nine people in a Charleston church.

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Performing Arts
4:05 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

'The Projects' Explores The Evolution Of Chicago's Public Housing System

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 6:53 pm

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Race
5:04 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Dolezal Controvery Sparks Questions About Modern Civil Rights Movement

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Race
4:44 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

As White House Time Winds Down, Michelle Obama Speaks Openly About Race

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 10:56 pm

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First lady Michelle Obama returned to her hometown of Chicago yesterday. She told graduates of King College Prep High School that she understood the real story of their South Side neighborhood.

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U.S.
5:22 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Former House Speaker Hastert To Appear In Federal Court On Tuesday

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:29 pm

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Law
6:09 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Hastert Indictment Concerns Ex-Speaker's Time Before Congress, Reports Say

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:20 pm

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Research News
5:05 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Latest U.S. Census Data: Fastest Growing Cities Are In The West And South

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:44 am

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Politics
4:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Chicago Wins Bid For Obama Presidential Library

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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Around the Nation
5:20 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Defense To Challenge Charges Against Baltimore Police In Freddie Gray Case

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 8:27 pm

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Law
5:16 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Asks Justice Department To Investigate Police Department

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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U.S.
4:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

From Oakland To Baltimore, Lessons Learned From Cities Of Unrest

Public memorials, like the one at the scene where Freddie Gray was arrested, have become sites to commemorate other deaths of unarmed black men in similar police encounters across the country.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:07 pm

The images from Baltimore of demonstrations, police in riot gear, looting and outbreaks of violence are familiar to some other cities after encounters with police ended in death for unarmed individuals — primarily black men.

Officials say what comes from those tragic encounters can be important lessons about policing and moving forward.

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Law
6:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Chicago Offers Reparations Package To Police Torture Victims

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:45 pm

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Politics
5:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Chicago Voters Keep Mayor Rahm Emanuel In Office

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 1:26 pm

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Race
4:21 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Ferguson Activists Hope That Momentum Sparks A National Movement

Ferguson activists march through downtown St. Louis during a protest last month.
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Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 12:21 pm

Since August, several U.S cities have been at the center of protests about policing and race. Activists in Ferguson, Mo., demonstrated for months in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old killed by a white police officer last summer. They also have demanded resignations and pushed for new laws in what organizers say is the start of a national movement for justice.

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