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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

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.

MFA Acquires ‘Unofficial’ Wyeth Portrait Of JFK

July 07, 2014
The 1967 oil on canvas portrait of John F. Kennedy by Jamie Wyeth. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

The Kennedy portrait, requested by the Kennedy family after JFK’s assassination, is part of an exhibition of Jamie Wyeth’s work opening at the MFA on July 16.

Thousands Brave Rain To Watch Annual Boston Pops Concert, Fireworks On Esplanade

July 04, 2014
The Boston Pops held their annual concert for the 4th of July celebration a day early due to impending poor weather conditions from Hurricane Arthur. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

BOSTON — It’s July 4th, but thousands of people braved concerns about rain and gusty winds to celebrate Independence Day on the 3rd. The Boston Pops performed with guest musicians including the Beach Boys on the Esplanade in a rescheduled concert. And they wrapped up the show just in time.

‘Alive And Well,’ Magna Carta Comes To Boston

July 02, 2014
Lincoln Cathedral exemplar of the Magna Carta (Courtesy Lincoln Cathedral/Photo by MFA, Boston)

BOSTON — The Magna Carta is the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, an exhibit meant to demonstrate the impact — both past and present — of the 800-year-old document on the U.S.

The Boston MFA Returns 8 Looted Antiquities To Nigeria

June 26, 2014
A terracotta head traced back to the Edo Peoples in the Benin Kingdom, Nigeria in about 1750. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts)

BOSTON — The works were returned after an investigation by the museum’s curator of provenance.

Colorful Yarn Links Boston To Cambridge Over Mass. Ave. Bridge

June 20, 2014
Local artist and runner Silvi Naci leans on the Mass. Ave Bridge's railings, which are covered in her and others' artwork. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

BOSTON — Each weekend in June, a local artist and runner is spearheading a project that brings dozens of artists together to stretch colorful hand-crafted fabrics across the Mass. Ave. Bridge.

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.

Historic Cambridge Church Moved 80 Feet For Lesley Arts Center

December 06, 2013
The former North Prospect Congregational Church (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Civil War-era church was moved 80 feet to the south Thursday, kicking off construction of Lesley University’s new $46 million arts 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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