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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

Boston Calling Music Festival Will Move To Allston In 2017

May 27, 2016
An aerial view of Harvard University's athletic complex in Allston. The complex, at 65 North Harvard Street, will be the home of the Boston Calling music festival beginning in May 2017. (Greg M. Cooper/Harvard University)

This weekend’s Boston Calling will be the last at City Hall Plaza.

What It Takes To Turn City Hall’s Stark Plaza Into A Bustling Music Venue

May 27, 2016
Workers begin to transform the brick City Hall Plaza Thursday for the three-day music fest over the weekend. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston Calling — the twice-a-year music festival apparently at the center of a federal indictment in Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration — returns to City Hall Plaza this weekend.

Art With A Purrr-pose: Cats Take Over The Worcester Art Museum

May 26, 2016
Cat in the art installation. (Courtesy Lisa Anne Auerbach)

“Meow” explores our age-old fascination with these furry creatures using a trove of works from the museum’s collection. And, this project is even playing a role in finding homes for rescue cats.

Why We Still Think About Rodin’s ‘The Thinker,’ Now Sitting Pensively At The Peabody Essex

May 16, 2016
Rodin’s “The Thinker” on display at the Peabody Essex Museum’s new exhibit, “Rodin: Transforming Sculpture.” (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The new exhibition — which runs through Sept. 5 — features more than 160 sculptures by Rodin, including a monumental version of his most famous work that’s usually on display at the Musée Rodin in Paris.

Shakespeare’s Rare First Folio Attracts Scholars — And Groupies — To Amherst

May 11, 2016
Shakespeare First Folio, 1623 (Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library)

Some say if copies of the First Folio didn’t survive, classic plays such as “Macbeth” could’ve been lost.

MFA Conservators Lift Veils Of Varnish From 2 van Gogh Masterpieces

May 02, 2016
Conservator Irene Konefal uses a tiny brush and solvent to gently remove a veil of varnish that obscures the original look of “Enclosed Field with Ploughman” (1889). (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The goal is to bring van Gogh’s “Houses at Auvers” and “Enclosed Field with Ploughman” closer to how the artist saw the paintings when he first rendered them to life more than a century ago.

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.

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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