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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

This Fourth Of July, Keith Lockhart Celebrates 20 Years With The Boston Pops

July 03, 2015
Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart acknowledges the audience applause on July 3, 2004 during a rehearsal performance in preparation for the Fourth of July performance on the Esplanade. (Lisa Poole/AP)

When the BSO hired Keith Lockhart back in 1995, when he was 35, his youthful energy and good looks caused a sensation. Two decades later he’s still at it, and this weekend Lockhart and the Pops are celebrating his 20th anniversary.

MFA Celebrates Malcolm Rogers’ Final Days As Director With Free Admission And Gelato

June 24, 2015
Malcolm Rogers waves farewell, standing in one of his favorite spots inside the MFA. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

Wednesday’s free “Cheers to Malcolm!” event invites visitors to tour some of the outgoing museum director’s favorite art works, and staff will be dishing out free gelato with flavors named after Rogers.

Local Filmmaker Spotlights WOMR, Provincetown’s Fiercely Independent Radio Station

June 19, 2015
Filmmaker Alan Chebot calls Lady Di’s show the “gateway drug” that led him to discover more quirky WOMR DJs, who inspired his film. (Courtesy of Parallax Productions, Inc.)

In filmmaker Alan Chebot’s words, WOMR was started by a bunch of hippies in the ’70s. Since then, the little studio has broadcast every music genre to radios in cars, boats and bars across the Cape. Chebot captures the station’s passionate, funky DJs in his new documentary, ‘Outermost Radio.’

The Boston Symphony Will Be Streaming With Google Play

June 15, 2015
Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Sympony Orchestra last October. (Marco Borggreve)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and four other leading groups, will be streaming concerts on Google Play.

Never Heard Of ‘Hero Of American Art’ Thomas Hart Benton? You’re Not Alone

June 10, 2015
"Hollywood," by Thomas Hart Benton, 1937-1938. (Courtesy PEM)

Painter Thomas Hart Benton had a major influence not just in the art world, but ultimately on Hollywood and popular culture. A new exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum shines a spotlight on his career.

A Search For The Real-Life Archie, Betty And Friends Began In Haverhill

May 30, 2015
Cartoonist and "Archie" creator Bob Montana, who went to Haverhill High School, is seen at a drawing table in this undated photo. (Courtesy)

Cambridge-based film professor and critic Gerald Peary has been obsessed with Archie and his friends since the 1950s. His documentary on a decades-long quest to find the real people behind “Archie Comics” is screening at the ICA.

Wunderkind Matthew Aucoin And The A.R.T. Premiere An Opera Inspired By Whitman

May 29, 2015
Matthew Aucoin wrote the music and libretto for "Crossing," an opera inspired by the diary Walt Whitman kept as a nurse during the Civil War. The work was commissioned by the A.R.T.'s Diane Paulus, who is directing the production. (Courtesy Jeremy Daniel/A.R.T.)

It could be the composer-conductor’s most ambitious project to date: a dark exploration of Walt Whitman’s experiences as a nurse in a Civil War hospital.

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.

A Yellow-Feathered Homecoming For The World’s Most Famous Bird (And Grouch!)

May 15, 2015
Archival photo of Caroll Spinney puppeteering Big Bird. (Courtesy Robert Furhing)

A new documentary about the Waltham native whose voice acting and puppetry are behind “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch is screening at the Brattle Theatre..

Keith Lockhart Marks 20 Years With The Boston Pops

May 06, 2015
Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart leads the 31st annual “A Company Christmas at Pops" at Symphony Hall in Boston in 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Lockhart, who began conducting the Pops at age 35, reflects on his time with the beloved orchestra.

100 Miles Of Rope And A Half-Million Knots — Say Hello To Boston’s New Piece Of Public Art

May 05, 2015
Janet Elchelman's 2,000-pound fiber net sculpture is suspended between three skyscrapers and looks like it's floating high above the Rose Kennedy Greenway. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

It’s hard to miss Janet Echelman’s massive public art project on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Brookline resident’s 2,000-pound sculpture is suspended between three skyscrapers and appears to be floating.

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.

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-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.

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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