As WBEZ’s senior Metro desk editor, Cate works with reporters and producers to conceive beat coverage, enterprise stories, investigations and other multi-media projects in a variety of areas, including criminal justice, politics, science and business.
Cate joined the staff of Chicago Public Media in May 1998 as the editor for Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ’s weekday morning magazine. She later became a contributing editor for Eight Forty-Eight and interim news director for the news department.
Cate has received numerous local, state and national awards, including three Sigma Delta Chi awards, one as editor on a project that examined abuses among children at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. She is the editor for WBEZ's ongoing investigation of Illinois' youth prisons, Inside and Out.
Prior to joining Chicago Public Media, Cate worked as editorial director and planning editor for WBBM 780 AM. She’s also worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor.
She has a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in English from Mundelein College.
Cate and her husband Rich have four terrific children and the world's most wonderful granddaughter, Madeline.