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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

7,000 Photos By Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei Help Open The Harvard Art Museums

November 16, 2014
Ai Wei Wei's digital photography piece covers a two-story wall near the new Harvard Art Museums' entrance. More than 7,000 photographs rotate, in shuffle mode, on 12 television screens. (Courtesy Harvard Art Museums)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Harvard Art Museums purchased Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s “258 Fake” especially for the opening of the new building — and it’s the museum’s first acquisition to be born of social media.

Second Identities Hide Beneath Several Masterpieces At The New Harvard Art Museums

November 14, 2014
Beneath Pablo Picasso's "Mother and Child" hides a portrait of Picasso's friend, poet Max Jacob. You can see sort of the arc of some eyebrows. (Harvard Art Museums)

The Harvard Art Museums’ six-year renovation allowed conservators the rare chance to rethink and rediscover some of the museums’ most important works — and some hidden secrets were discovered.

Science Of Art Conservation In U.S. Began With One Man’s Collection Of Colors At Harvard

November 13, 2014
Edward Waldo Forbes' pigment collection, which features thousands of samples from all over the world, is famous among art conservators and tells the history of the Straus Center and its founder. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The new Harvard Art Museums puts the work of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, founded by Edward Forbes, on display.

Thoreau's Experiment In Simplicity And Solitude Inspires DeCordova Artists

November 07, 2014
Gina Siepel in collaboration with Monika Sziladi "After Winslow Homer Series: Study after Homer" (Courtesy of the artist)

LINCOLN, Mass. — Some 160 years after the publication of “Walden,” 16 contemporary artists are taking cues from famous transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau in a new exhibition at the deCordova in Lincoln.

Vapor Drinks, Scent Messages And A Vibrating Orb Debut At Le Laboratoire In Cambridge

November 04, 2014
The bar at the Cafe ArtScience, Cambridge, seen through the glass globe of the bar’s drink vaporizer, Le Whaf. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University inventor David Edwards has been called a real-life Willy Wonka for creating futuristic food — like inhalable chocolate. Now he’s opened restaurant/culture lab in Kendall Square where cocktails float in the air.

Cult Horror Movie Star Jeffrey Combs Brings Poe To Life On Stage In Somerville

October 31, 2014
Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allen Poe (Courtesy Jeffrey Combs)

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — These days, Jeffrey Combs, who attained cult status for his needle-wielding role in the 1985 sci-fi/horror movie “Re-Animator,” prefers to channel the literary spirit of Edgar Allan Poe in his one-man show “Nevermore.”

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.

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)

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
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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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