Steve Edwards is the host of The Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards, a daily conversation about news, culture and ideas which airs from 2-4pm weekdays on WBEZ. The show marks a return to the air for Edwards, who most recently spent several years as Director of Content Development and Program Director at WBEZ.
From 1999-2008, he served as host of Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ’s acclaimed weekday news magazine program. During his tenure, Eight-Forty-Eight was named “Best Public Affairs Program” by Chicago Magazine, and “Best Weekly Program” by public radio stations nationwide.
Edwards also has moderated numerous statewide political debates, hosted the weekly political show the Best Game in Town, and was the correspondent for a BBC World Service documentary on the culture of political corruption in Chicago.
Edwards’ reports and interviews have been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists/Chicago Headline Club, the RTNDA, the Associated Press, UPI, and Public Radio News Directors, Inc (PRNDI). He's earned the National Headliner Club's Grand Award for radio, and was a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace fellowship for mid-career journalists at the University of Michigan.
Prior to arriving at WBEZ, Edwards was the Assistant News Director and host of the nightly news magazine Final Edition at the suburban public radio station WDCB-FM. Under Steve’s direction, Final Edition received the 1998 PRNDI award for the Best Daily News Magazine Program in the nation. He also has been a reporter and producer for Bloomberg News in New York, a news anchor at WTTT in Amherst, MA, and a summer intern for NPR’s All Things Considered.
Steve has a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College.
You can follow Steve on Twitter @wbezedwards.