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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

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.

Cape Ann Museum Re-Opens After 10-Month Facelift

August 19, 2014
Diane KW mosaic (Courtesy Cape Ann Museum)

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Director Ronda Faloon said the extensive renovations will enhance the Cape Ann Museum’s ability to do its job in a more informative, nuanced and beautiful way.

Perfectly Pressed, Or Perfectly Bloody: Local Pros Costume Hollywood Stars

August 19, 2014
Christian Bale, left, as Irving Rosenfeld, Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser, center, and Bradley Cooper as Richie Dimaso walk down Lexington Avenue in a scene from "American Hustle." (Sony - Columbia Pictures, Francois Duhamel/AP)

BOSTON — Enter the costume department in Massachusetts’ film industry, where professionals take meticulous care to create wardrobes for films like “American Hustle” and “Black Mass.”

At Bar And Bench, Boston Remembers Robin Williams

August 12, 2014
People pause by a bench at Boston's Public Garden Tuesday, where a small memorial has sprung up at the place where Robin Williams filmed a scene during the film "Good Will Hunting." Williams, 63, died at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday in an apparent suicide. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — The Public Garden bench made famous in the film “Good Will Hunting” became a makeshift memorial to the late actor, and mourners stopped by L Street Tavern in Southie.

Amid Rapid Growth, Boston Comic Con Stays True To Its Local Roots

August 08, 2014

BOSTON — About 40,000 people are expected to attend this year, up from just 900 attendees in 2007. And while plenty of celebrities are on the bill, the convention will also highlight local artists.

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.

Behind The Scenes, Mass. Film Crews Rise In The Ranks

August 06, 2014
Dorchester resident and costumer Honah Lee Miln has dressed actors for a slew of locally shot films, including "American Hustle." (Francois Duhamel/ Columbia Pictures)

BOSTON — We’ve all seen Depp as Bulger. But while A-list actors attract the attention, a small army of locally based film crew is working behind the scenes.

Screen-To-Stage: ‘Finding Neverland’ Transforms Into A Musical At The A.R.T.

July 25, 2014
The Davies boys (Evgenia Eliseeva/American Repertory Theater)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — It’s always a tricky and risky proposition to adapt a beloved film into something else, but that’s what’s happening at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge.

Youthful Discovery Ensemble Disbands, Citing A Saturated Performing Arts Scene

July 23, 2014

The Discovery Ensemble board of directors, which brought classical music to Boston-area school children, votes to cease operations.

Live Cartooning Brings ‘The Walt Disney of Japan’ To Life On Stage

July 23, 2014
(Courtesy Company One/Liza Voll)

Company One’s production of “Astro Boy and the God of Comics” tells the story of the famous superhero and his creator, Osamu Tezuka.

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.

2 De Niros To Be Honored At Provincetown Art Center

July 12, 2014
Robert De Niro, Sr. and Robert De Niro, Jr. from the HBO soon-to-be broadcast "Remembering the artist Robert De Niro, Sr." (Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films)

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — The Fine Arts Work Center is celebrating Robert De Niro Jr.’s leadership in the arts, but it’s also giving a posthumous award to the famous actor’s father, who was an accomplished painter.

Incoming BSO Maestro Andris Nelsons Finally Makes It To Tanglewood

July 11, 2014
Andris Nelsons directs a Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsal at Tanglewood this week. (Courtesy Marco Borggreve/BSO)

Nelsons’ arrival at Tanglewood is particularly sweet because he was forced to cancel last year due to a concussion. But some wish he was going out on a limb with a more challenging repertoire.

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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