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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

A Rare Sight: Gordon Parks’ Photojournalism At The MFA

January 17, 2015
Untitled, St. Louis, Missouri. (Gordon Parks/Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

BOSTON — Originally slated to print in Life magazine in the 1950s, African American photographer Gordon Parks’ rarely seen photographs have made their way to the Museum of Fine Arts.

Ritchie Wraps Up ICA Residency With Rock Musicians

January 16, 2015
Artist Matthew Ritchie at the ICA (Liza Voll Photography/ICA)

BOSTON — The main event in Matthew Ritchie’s ICA swansong is a multimedia performance called “The Long Count/The Long Game.”

Inspired By Films, Kid Environmentalists Take Action To ‘Save Tomorrow By Helping Today’

January 16, 2015
Young environmentalists take action in Lexington, Mass. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

LEXINGTON, Mass. — Two years ago, three Lexington third graders formed the environmental activism group, Save Tomorrow, after watching films in a series called, “Young Voices for the Planet.”

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

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

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

Family First, Always, At Boston’s First Night (Aside From The Burlesque Show)

January 01, 2015
A large puppet makes her way down Boylston Street in the First Night parade during New Year’s Eve festivities in Boston’s Copley Square. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — With puppet shows, circus workshops, trivia games and a trampoline group, Hynes Convention Center is the epicenter of activity at First Night Boston.

After Bombs, Marathoner And Filmmaker Finish The Job

December 23, 2014
Juli Windsor, foreground, 27, returned to the Boston Marathon in 2014 after being stopped less than a mile shy of the finish after two bombs exploded at last year’s race. Reporter and documentarian David Abel is running to the left. (Courtesy of Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe)

BOSTON — Reporter David Abel had set out to make his first documentary, about one woman’s quest to be the first dwarf to finish the Boston Marathon. The 2013 bombing changed that. In 2014 she returned to the race, and he’s out with a new film.

Indianapolis Colts Owner Gives $10,000 To Help Keep Jack Kerouac’s Legacy Alive

December 22, 2014
Jack Kerouac (Tom Palumbo via Creative Commons)

BOSTON — It’s the largest donation in the organization’s history.

Everyone Wants A Piece Of Boston's New ‘Arts Czar’

December 22, 2014

BOSTON — Julie Burros, Boston’s new chief of arts and culture, has been making the rounds during her first full week on the job.

ICA Gets Largest Gift Ever — 43 Works By Women Artists

December 19, 2014

Barbara Lee’s gift to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston increases the museum’s collection by 30 percent.

Replicating That Vintage Misfit Rudolph, On Stage, 50 Years Later

December 12, 2014
(Karen Almond Photography/Rudolph The Musical)

BOSTON — A live musical adaptation of the 1964 TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is running at the Shubert Theatre in Boston this week in an attempt to capture its old-timey charm on stage.

Stop Fighting And Sing: The 1914 Christmas Truce Is Set To Music At Symphony Hall

December 05, 2014
Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops’ final rehearsal before their 2014 holiday season premiere. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Audiences who come to see the Holiday Pops can usually expect to hear the jaunty classics. But conductor Keith Lockhart was stirred this year by a bittersweet episode from history: an impromptu and unsanctioned ceasefire that took place during World War I.

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

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.

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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