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Andrea Shea

Arts Reporter, WBUR

Andrea Shea started listening to NPR on WEOS, her college radio station, during the Gulf War. She didn’t have a TV, so it was her primary broadcast news source. Her attraction to public radio and the human voice continued into grad school. Andrea got a MA in media studies at the New School in New York 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 NPR’s 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

Behind The Scenes Of The BSO’s Ambitious Shostakovich Recordings

April 22, 2016
The Boston Symphony Orchestra actually records all of its performances, mostly for archival purposes. In the photo, BSO engineer Nick Squire is at the sound board. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The new CD, featuring Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 8 and 9, goes on sale internationally in May.

What The Giant, Polyester Lotus Flower At The MFA Says About Life In Asia’s Megacities

April 11, 2016
"Breathing Flower" by Choi Jeong Hwa which is part of Megacities exhibition on the front lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The new MFA exhibition, Megacities Asia, explores how 11 artists process and express their feelings about living in rapidly expanding, densely-populated metropolises.

Peabody Essex Museum Appoints New Deputy Director

April 01, 2016
Lynda Hartigan

Chief curator Lynda Roscoe Hartigan moves up to deputy director at PEM.

How ‘New Blood’ Brought Beverly’s Historic Movie Palace Back To Life

April 01, 2016
The Beverly community banded together to save The Cabot theater. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It housed magic and movies. And now the Cabot is back. Here’s how.

Next Season, Boston Lyric Opera Will Occupy 4 Different Theaters

March 23, 2016
The Boston Opera House, where the BLO will stage next season's production of Bizet's "Carmen." (Courtesy Goodman Media International, Inc.)

The Boston Lyric Opera will spend its upcoming season traveling around town — with productions at the Boston Opera House, Emerson’s Paramount Center, the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre and John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center.

Boston University Sells Longtime Home Of The Huntington Theatre For $25 Million

March 21, 2016
The Huntington Theatre Company has been staging productions at the BU Theatre on Huntington Avenue for 34 years. BU announced Monday it had sold the theater, as well as two adjoining buildings. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston University has struck a deal to sell the BU Theatre and two adjoining buildings on Huntington Avenue for $25 million.

Spanning 45 Years, Boston’s Relationship With Alvin Ailey Runs Deep

March 18, 2016
Dancers from Alvin Ailey troupe teach students at Henderson Inclusion School in Dorchester about dance. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

Even after the New York-based dance troupe leaves Boston after its performances this weekend, its presence will still be felt and seen.

New Exhibit Explains How Isabella Stewart Gardner Amassed Her Famous Art Collection

March 16, 2016
Art handler John Peitso, left, and collections care associate Matthew Del Grosso carefully load Botticelli's "The Tragedy of Lucretia" onto a cart for its short journey to the new building at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for an upcoming exhibition. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

In a first-of-its-kind exhibition, selections from Isabella Stewart Gardner’s unique art collection have been moved away from their stipulated locations to tell the origin story of the collection itself.

From Comedian To Curator, Steve Martin Champions Canadian Painter Lawren Harris At The MFA

March 11, 2016
Steve Martin is curating a new show about Canadian modernist painter Lawren Harris. Here, Martin stands in front of Harris' "Icebergs," on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Steve Martin hopes his exhibition will bring attention to this talented artist that he says has been largely overlooked by Americans.

BSO Appoints Thomas Adès — Acclaimed Composer And Conductor — As Artistic Partner

March 10, 2016
Thomas Adès leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and guest Anthony Marwood during a performance in 2011. (Stu Rosner/Courtesy Boston Symphony Orchestra)

During his three-year commitment, Adès will conduct, perform and direct the Festival of Contemporary Music, as well as teach fellows at the Tanglewood Music Institute.

Knives And Cabbage Fly At Giant ‘Kraut Mob’ In Boston

October 04, 2015
Jeremy Ogusky (right) at a kraut mob, or a sauerkraut-making event, at Powisset Farm in Dover. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

With 250 pounds of cabbage waiting to be chopped, massaged, salted, squished into jars, Jeremy Ogusky is ready to expose newbies to the world of fermented foods at Sunday’s Boston Fermentation Festival.

Cheese-Lovers, Come With Us As We Descend Into A Cambridge Shop’s (Stinky) Cave

September 29, 2015
Formaggio Kitchen owner Ihsan Gurdal looks through the cheese case at the Cambridge store. Gurdal used to coach volleyball at Harvard before buying Formaggio Kitchen in the early 1990s. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

From the depths of a cheese cave, some local cheese mongers — like Formaggio Kitchen’s Ihsan Gurdal — are waging a campaign to raise awareness about cheese origins, cheese integrity and cheese abuse.

Turn It Down: Berklee And Spotify Team Up To Save Our Ears

May 19, 2015
The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.(Emily Orpin/Flickr)

The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.

Saving A Slaughterhouse: Why Groton Rallied Behind Blood Farm

March 12, 2015
Tom Peyton, Blood Farm's plant manager, walks in front of the newly built processing facility in Groton. A fire in December 2013 destroyed the business that has been staffed by seven generations of Bloods. After the fire, the community of Groton joined with the local meat industry to urge the family, one of only two USDA certified slaughterhouses in the state, to rebuild. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Bloods (yes, that’s their real name) have been running Blood Farm in Groton for seven generations.
When a fire threatened to shut them down for good, the family was surprised by the outpouring of support urging them to rebuild.

Gov. Baker Proposes Eliminating Film Tax Credit

March 04, 2015
Rebecca Hall, left, and Ben Affleck are shown in a scene from "The Town." (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger)

The cut would pay for Baker’s proposed increase in the state’s earned income tax credit for low-income working families.

Is Making Sausage A Manly Pursuit? One Local Female Charcutiere Says Not Necessarily

January 08, 2015
Charcutiere Julie Biggs (Courtesy Julie Biggs)

Boston-area charcutiere Julie Biggs is up for a Good Food Award Thursday night in San Francisco.

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.

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)

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)

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

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)

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.

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)

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)

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

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