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Alyssa Edes

Alyssa Edes

News Producer

Alyssa Edes is a radio producer at WBEZ, where she covers all things Chicago for the station’s local broadcast of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She is a key part of shaping each day’s coverage of the city and the region — pitching stories, determining format, and executing ideas. 

She is the go-to producer for daily breaking news interviews and in-depth conversations with newsmakers, authors, artists, and reporters. Edes loves having her hands on tape and has a talented ear for creating rich audio landscapes in longer-form features. She is intensely dedicated to her craft and is always looking for new ways to make the station sound even better on air. 

Before starting at WBEZ in 2019, Edes worked at the NPR mothership in Washington, DC, where she was a producer at Morning Edition for three years before deciding to get more sleep. She moved to the network’s afternoon program, All Things Considered, where she led evening coverage of breaking news, coordinated special broadcasts, and filled in as line producer. 

In addition to covering two historic presidencies, field producing around the country, and reporting with Steve Inskeep in China, many of the stories Edes was drawn to at NPR were about society and culture. She created and led the production of two long-form series at the network — one on the phenomenon of online dating and the other on the role that sex plays in our lives, relationships, and self-perceptions. Beyond that, she produced dozens of music interviews throughout her nearly five years at NPR and those pieces remain some of her most satisfying work.

A native Chicagoan, Edes is thrilled to be immersed in the thing she loves covering most — her city. 


Recent Stories

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About 1 million people are expected to attend the parade. Here are savvy tips from folks in the LGBTQ community on how to have the most fun.


What Chicago Lost in the Massive Universal Studios Fire

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Chicago Police Investigating Sergeant For Alleged Assault of Trans Woman

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Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Has A New Gig In Journalism

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Up For A Contentious Relationship With City Council

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Recreational Marijuana Making Its Way Through Illinois' Political Pipeline

A 533-page amendment dropped on Monday but it still has a long way to go before it gets to Gov. Pritzker’s desk -- and there’s still some uncertainty about its prospects. WBEZ state politics reporter Dave McKinney spoke with host Melba Lara about what’s in the bill.


A Final Goodbye To Chicago’s Heartland Cafe

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Part of the reason for the struggle is structural racism.

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Investigation Finds Bond Reforms May Put Domestic Violence Victims At Risk

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