Maribeth Vander Weele was appointed in 1998 by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley as Inspector General of Chicago Public Schools. Previously, she joined the management team that began overhauling the nation's third largest school system in 1995, focusing on reforms addressing social promotion, truancy, corruption, employee ethics and management systems. From 1990 to 1995, she investigated the system as an education writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, where she received several journalism awards. She has been a freelance contributor to Prime Time Live, Washington Monthly, City Journal, America's Agenda, and Executive Educator. A frequent lecturer on urban education, she is certified as an Inspector General by the Association of Inspectors General. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.