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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

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.

BSO Offers Cheaper Seats To Younger Crowds

October 01, 2015
Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra. (Courtesy of Marco Borggreve)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is trying to lure younger audiences with Casual Fridays and less expensive seats.

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.

A ‘Translation’ For Boston’s Massive Greenway Mural

September 24, 2015
The new Dewey Square mural, by conceptual art pioneer and former Guggenheim fellow Lawrence Weiner, is seen Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

With the fourth Dewey Square mural, the Greenway and MIT’s List Visual Arts Center have introduced to the city a conceptual piece — and it’s not subtle.

Got Two Left Feet? Take Free Dance Lessons On The Greenway

September 18, 2015
Let’s Dance Boston instructors Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

Dancing can be awkward and intimidating. But fret no longer: Celebrity Series of Boston has dreamed up a solution to help dancers of all levels loosen up and shake their booties.

Beacons, QR Codes And 3-D Printing: Enter The Museum Of The 21st Century

September 14, 2015
MIT List Visual Arts Center social media coordinator Mark Linga demonstrates how a QR reader plays an audio file on his phone that corresponds to a piece of art. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A look at how art museums are grappling with technology to stay relevant in our digital world.

BSO’s Nelsons Takes Second Post With German Orchestra

September 09, 2015
Andris Nelsons and the BSO perform in Berlin on Sept. 5. (Courtesy Marco Borggreve/Boston Symphony Orchestra)

The BSO announced a dual-city relationship with the venerable Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig in a deal that includes a new job for Andris Nelsons.

Can Walking Your Dog Be Art? Tours And An Exhibit At DeCordova Unleash Pedestrian Powers

August 21, 2015
Dogs and their owners enjoy a group walking tour put on the by deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

An exhibition at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln is exploring the creative and political power pedestrian movements can unleash, and curators there have organized some novel events to get visitors on their feet — or paws, even.

The BSO Heads Out For Its First European Tour Since 2007

August 20, 2015
In this photo from 2014, Andris Nelson conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in his inaugural concert as music director. (Courtesy Chris Lee/Boston Symphony Orchestra)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra kicks off its European tour this weekend with performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

A First For The Tanglewood Music Center: Both Conducting Fellows Aren't Fellows

August 14, 2015
Conducting fellows Marzena Diakun, left, and Ruth Reinhardt (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

It’s a first in 75 years. This year the fellows are Marzena Diakun and Ruth Reinhardt.

The A.R.T.'s New Musical ‘Waitress’ Is Heading To Broadway

August 13, 2015
Jessie Mueller stars in the stage adaptation of the 2007 indie film "Waitress," showing now at the American Repertory Theater. Here in a scene with Dakin Matthews. (Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva and Courtesy American Repertory Theater)

New York producers Barry and Fran Weissler announced Thursday that director Diane Paulus’ new musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 indie film is slated to open in New York in April 2016.

A.R.T.’s Paulus Cooks Up ‘Waitress’ The Musical From Film — And It’s Not Quite As Easy As Pie

August 04, 2015
Jessie Mueller stars in the stage adaptation of the 2007 indie film "Waitress," showing now at the American Repertory Theater. Here in a scene with Dakin Matthews. (Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva and Courtesy American Repertory Theater)

The American Repertory Theater’s Diane Paulus explains how her new musical adaptation of the indie film “Waitress” evolved and why adapting the film for the stage has been a bittersweet journey.

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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