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Andrea Shea

Arts Reporter, WBUR

Andrea started listening to NPR on WEOS, her college radio station, during the Gulf War. She didn’t have a T.V. so it was her primary broadcast news source.Her attraction to public radio and the human voice continued into grad school. Andrea got a M.A. in Media Studies at the New School in New York (’93) with a focus in audio production. Her first sound piece was about America’s fear and fascination with tattoos.

Following graduation, Andrea moved to Washington D.C. and was lucky enough to get an internship on the NPR National Desk. After a few months, Andrea switched over Weekend Edition Sunday after being hired as the editorial assistant. Waking up on Sunday mornings at 4 a.m. as a twenty-something was not easy, but she did it for more than two years and learned a ton from the generous and talented producers and host Liane Hansen.

Then Andrea left NPR to brew beer professionally. She did that in Arlington Virginia and Key West, Florida. Soon enough the public radio siren beckoned Andrea back north, where she edited interviews for The World, an international daily news show produced by WGBH and the BBC.

In 1997 WBUR started developing the program Here & Now and Andrea was a founding producer. Over time she evolved into the show’s Arts Producer. The WBUR newsroom created an Arts and Culture Reporter position in 2007. Andrea has been following the explosively vibrant scene in Boston and beyond to the best of her abilities ever since.

Her work has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award for audio feature reporting, the Public Radio News Directors Award for use of sound, the Associated Press for use of sound, and a media award from Arts Learning, a group dedicated to arts education.

Recent stories

You Don’t Have To Listen To Rock Albums Backwards To Find A Little Black Magic

October 24, 2014
Aleister Crowley

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge author Peter Bebergal makes some deeply researched connections between rock musicians, the supernatural and spiritual rebellion in his latest work, “Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll.”

Not A Funeral: Portraits Of Gloucester’s Working Waterfront

October 20, 2014
(From “Portraits of a Working Waterfront” by Jim Hooper, courtesy of the Cape Ann Museum)

BOSTON — Photographer Jim Hooper’s “Portraits of a Working Waterfront” series celebrates the faces, families and stories behind Gloucester’s struggling fishing industry.

At 200, The Handel & Haydn Society Is Celebrating Its Storied Past And Survival

October 10, 2014
A photo of the Handel and Haydn Society performing at the Boston Music Hall from the 19th century. (Courtesy of Handel and Haydn Society Archives)

BOSTON — Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society is the longest running performing arts organization in America, and is perhaps best known for its signature “historically informed performances” of Handel’s masterwork “Messiah.”

‘Higher Power’ Help Gets Goya Painting To The MFA

October 08, 2014
(Collection of the Padres Escolapios, Madrid, España; Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

A monumental Francisco Goya painting has come from a small chapel in Madrid to Boston’s big art museum.

The Big Unveiling: Edgar Allan Poe Set To Emerge ‘From A Coffin’ Near Boston Common

October 04, 2014
A sculpture of Edgar Allan Poe, the horror master who conjured creepy classics such as “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Raven." It will be unveiled on Oct. 4. at at the intersection of Charles and Boylston Streets. (Courtesy Stefanie Rocknak)

BOSTON — It’s been a long journey, but a statue honoring seminal horror writer Edgar Allan Poe’s roots in Boston will be unveiled Sunday near Boston Common.

Why Are These Scientists Singing About Ebola?

October 03, 2014
Computational biologist Pardis Sabeti (YouTube)

A Harvard scientist and her African colleagues create an uplifting song about Ebola that both helps heal their grief over fallen colleagues and serves to educate the public.

Rose Kennedy Greenway Hires Lucas Cowan As Curator

September 29, 2014

Lucas Cowan, from Chicago, has been named curator for public art along the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Becoming Andris Nelsons: A Young Maestro’s Journey To Boston

September 26, 2014
Andris Nelsons directs a Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsal at Tanglewood in July. (Courtesy Marco Borggreve/BSO)

BOSTON — He was hired more than a year ago, but tomorrow night conductor Andris Nelsons leads his first concert as the BSO’s music director. The 35-year-old’s arrival marks a new era for the BSO, and his age is attracting a lot of attention.

Festival Celebrates Tennessee Williams’ Provincetown Link

September 25, 2014
From left to right, Joe Hazan, Tennessee Williams, Ethel Elkovsky, Walter Hollander in Provincetown. (Courtesy of Joe Hazan).

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — The author of such classics as “The Glass Menagerie” and “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” spent some of his most formative years in the Cape Cod tourist town.

East Coast Fans Take The Temperature Of West Coast Rock — Is It Always Sunny?

September 22, 2014

BOSTON — What’s the difference between East and West Coast rock? Andrea Shea polls fans at a Ty Segall concert.

Shakespeare Takes Over Fenway Park

September 19, 2014
Detail of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's poster for the Fenway show. (Design by Melissa Wagner-O’Malley)

BOSTON — Sure, the Red Sox have entertained fans for years with with tragedy, comedy and farce, but this medley of dramatic works marks a debut for the Bard at any major league ballpark.

The Art of Aging And Destruction

August 19, 2014
Film/TV "ager/dyer" Jill Thibeau. (WBUR/Andrea Shea)

We profile costumer Jill Thibeau, whose job is to age and destroy clothing to fit the needs of a particular a character or scene in film and television.

Tanglewood Embraces Local Food Movement

August 07, 2014
Classical music fans have been picnicking on Tanglewood's lush lawn for years. (Alan Solomon/ AP File)

BOSTON — Food has always been a big part of the Tanglewood experience. But a larger effort is under way this summer to use more locally-sourced products at all events on the Lenox campus.

Porter Square Ramen Shop Wants To Make Your Dreams Come True

July 16, 2014
Yume Wo Katare owner and ramen master Tsuyoshi Nishioka welcomes customers by yelling “Irashaimase!” from behind the long counter that separates his open kitchen and the shop's 18-seat dining room. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Eating ramen at Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge is seen as a path to personal fulfillment — if you can finish their giant bowl of ramen, you can do anything in life. That’s the concept. Some customers even write their dreams down and hang them on the restaurant’s walls.

Smell Ya Later: The World's First Transatlantic Scent Message Has Been Received

June 18, 2014

BOSTON — A Harvard University professor and inventor is behind the world’s first transatlantic scent message that was successfully transmitted Tuesday.

You Lend What? Seed Lending Libraries Crop Up Around Massachusetts

June 18, 2014
One of the goals of the seed lending library movement is to preserve antique fruit, vegetables and flowers, otherwise known as heirlooms. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

CONCORD, Mass. — There are lending libraries for tools, fishing poles, telescopes, even baking pans. Now gardeners are increasingly finding places to “borrow” too, as seed lending libraries crop up across the country.

Music Freaks At Somerville’s The Echo Nest Fuel The Engine Under Spotify’s Hood

May 01, 2014
Echo Nest created the behind-the-scenes platforms that recommend songs we might like when we use music screaming sites like Spotify or iHeart Radio. (William Brawley/Flickr)

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Somerville-based The Echo Nest creates the behind-the-scenes song recommendation platforms for music streaming sites and was recently acquired by Spotify.

With Help From MIT Engineer, Marathon Bombing Survivor Dances Again

March 19, 2014
Marathon bombing victim Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances at the TED Conference in Vancouver on Wednesday. (James Duncan Davidson/TED via Flickr)

Wednesday at the TED conference in Vancouver, Adrianne Haslet-Davis will dance on the bionic leg she inspired MIT engineer Hugh Herr to create.

Emerson College Debuts New Hollywood Facility

March 08, 2014
(Courtesy Emerson College)

BOSTON — The futuristic, 10-story glass and aluminum building sits on the famed Sunset Boulevard and will house the more than 100 Emerson students who head west for internships each semester.

A ‘Messenger To Mankind,’ Elie Wiesel Continues His Fight Against Indifference

February 10, 2014

BOSTON — Fifty-four years after the publication of his seminal memoir, “Night,” the Holocaust survivor, now 85, asks: “Haven’t we learned anything?”

Inaugural Gala Caps Walsh’s First Day In Office

January 07, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s new mayor, Marty Walsh, capped off his inauguration day celebrations Monday night with hours of locally-inspired live music, dance and comedy at the Hynes Convention Center.

Tea Party Reenactors To Dump Leaves Into Boston Harbor

December 16, 2013

BOSTON — It’s the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Cello ‘Boy Band’

February 01, 2013
From left to right: Mihail Jojatu, Blaise Dejardin, Alexandre Lecarme and Adam Esbensen at Symphony Hall in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Four members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section are taking their beloved instruments into the spotlight with a group they’re calling the Boston Cello Quartet.

The Man Behind A Thousand Bows Gets A ‘Genius Grant’

October 03, 2012
Benoit Rolland, in his home bow-making studio (Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

WATERTOWN, Mass. — We visit Benoit Rolland in his Watertown studio, after he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”

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