Amanda Beland is a producer and director for Radio Boston. She also reports for the WBUR newsroom.
Prior to coming to WBUR, Amanda led the production of In It Together, a nightly radio program on GBH News that examined the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Massachusetts. From the beginning of lockdown in March 2020 to the easing of restrictions in June 2021, she produced interviews with medical experts, community leaders, and everyday people, all talking about how COVID-19 was connecting each of them in obvious and subtle ways. She also led the production of the Boston version of the Consider This podcast for GBH, and helped produce the station's local All Things Considered program.
Amanda has a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College and a bachelor's in English and journalism from the University of New Hampshire, the state in which she was born and raised. Even though she moved to Somerville a decade ago, she'll always have a soft spot for the Granite State. Prior to falling in love with public radio, Amanda was a print reporter at newspapers around New England, including the storied Foster’s Daily Democrat.
When she's not cutting audio or scripting interviews, Amanda enjoys being outside, cooking, and caring for her large collection of houseplants. She and her partner started a travel project three years ago called Walter Discovers America. Their goal is to visit and experience every state in the Union, driving Amanda's 2003 Toyota Camry, named Walter CronCar (after esteemed journalist Walter Cronkite). The project is both deeply personal and fantastically fun. To date, they've visited 21 states and driven through 35. Her favorite city, so far, is Memphis.