David Schaper

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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6:24am

Thu July 23, 2015
U.S.

After Cold, Icy Winters, Lake Michigan Is Rising Rapidly

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

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Water levels in the Great Lakes are rising from record lows. Lakes Huron and Michigan are 3 feet higher than a year ago. Here's NPR's David Schaper.

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5:52pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Around the Nation

Busy Travel Weekend Raises Concerns About Transportation Infrastructure

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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6:52am

Thu July 2, 2015
Law

Justice Department Investigates Airlines For Possible Price Collusion

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:42 pm

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5:17pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Politics

S.C. Lawmakers Vote To Consider Removing Confederate Flag

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:56 pm

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6:08am

Tue June 23, 2015
Around the Nation

S.C. Governor Calls For Removal Of State Capitol's Confederate Flag

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:10 am

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5:09pm

Mon June 22, 2015
Politics

Charleston, S.C., Mass Shooting Renews Debate Over Confederate Flag

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:32 pm

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3:30am

Fri June 19, 2015
U.S.

Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 3:30 pm

Oil trains sit idle on the BNSF Railway's tracks in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
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The federal government's new rules aimed at preventing explosive oil train derailments are sparking a backlash from all sides.

The railroads, oil producers and shippers say some of the new safety requirements are unproven and too costly, yet some safety advocates and environmental groups say the regulations aren't strict enough and still leave too many people at risk.

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4:26pm

Thu June 18, 2015
Religion

Both Catholics, Non-Catholics Applaud Pope For Bold Remarks On Climate Change

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:58 pm

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6:01pm

Thu June 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Parties Say They Trust Hastert Judge's Impartiality

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert this week pleaded not guilty to breaking banking laws and lying about the money to the FBI. The federal judge in the case will preside over it after the parties declined his offer to recuse himself.
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The federal judge overseeing the criminal case of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will continue to preside over it, even though he made campaign contributions to Hastert, as neither the prosecution nor the defense see it as a conflict of interest.

During Hastert's arraignment Tuesday, Chicago U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin acknowledged that in 2002 and 2004, he contributed $500 and $1,000 to Hastert's campaign through his law firm, but he said he had never met the speaker.

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6:12am

Wed June 10, 2015
Law

Former House Speaker Hastert Pleads Not Guilty In Hush Money Case

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 2:03 pm

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