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Carrie Shepherd

Carrie Shepherd

Senior Morning Shift Producer

Carrie Shepherd is Senior Producer of the live, daily news show Morning Shift.

In this role she’s responsible for the editorial mission of the program, working with the host and producers to determine what stories to cover, how show segments are executed and what guests are interviewed. Before taking over as Senior Producer of Morning Shift in 2012, Carrie was Senior Producer of Eight Forty-Eight, a daily morning newsmagazine. Carrie joined Eight Forty-Eight as a producer in 2009 after serving as a Web producer at WBEZ. In that role, she and a team of three producers led the overhaul of the WBEZ Website to include reporters’ stories, audio from the daily shows and multimedia presentations including audio slideshows and video. Carrie’s radio work has won awards from Associated Press, Chicago Headline Club, Association for Women in Communications and National Association of Black Journalists.

Carrie’s very interested in film and has served as a production assistant on live video shoots, and moderated documentary film discussions as part of the Independent Lens series.

Recent Stories

Morning Shift Podcast

A Pioneer Looks Back at Life at the Writers’ Table Which Was Not a Common Place for Women

Susan Silver who wrote for shows like 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' sheds details of those days in her latest book and gives us a “behind the scenes” view.

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Book Digs Into Effect Of Nora Ephron’s Films For Hopeless Romantics

Erin Carlson, author of 'I'll Have What She's Having: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy,' discusses her book.

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New Data: African-American Enrollment Down At CPS

An analysis from Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council shows that enrollment of African-American students is at an all time low since 1998.


Field Museum In Chicago To Become Home To New Dinosaur

Chicago's Field Museum will soon be home to a touchable cast of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered.

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Black Homeownership On South Side Dropping As Population Ages

WBEZ's Natalie Moore tells 'Morning Shift' why the decline is happening and the efforts to rebuild the image as a livable, welcoming community.

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North Central College's Commemorative Statues

Why a 40-foot-tall statue of thousands of confederate soldiers who died as prisoners of war at Chicago’s Camp Douglas is different from those honoring confederate figures like the one of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.

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Jesuit Community College: A New Model

Fr. Stephen Katsouros, the Dean of Arrupe College joins 'Morning Shift' to tell the school’s story, which is the subject of his book, 'Come to Believe:How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again).'

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Rauner Suggests He’d Support Bill That Protects Undocumented Immigrants

The bill would prevent government officials from making arrests in state buildings like schools, healthcare facilities and courtrooms.

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Talking To Young People About Charlottesville And Race

Events in Charlottesville put a spotlight on issues of race, class and intolerance. How should parents talk to children about those issues?

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Confronting Racism After Charlottesville

'Morning Shift' spoke with two activists about confronting racism in the wake of a deadly clash in Charlottesville, Va.

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Medal Of Honor Recipient Devoted Post Military Career To Education

Specialist James C. McCloughan risked his life several times for his fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War and almost 50 years later he’s been recognized for those efforts.

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Remembering Chicago Leatherman Chuck Renslow

Renslow, a prominent activist and businessman in the LGBTQ community, died Thursday.

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Listeners Weigh In On Death And Dying

'Morning Shift' listeners share their personal stories of loss and end-of-life care.

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Writing The Headline To A Person’s Life

'Chicago Sun-Times' obituary writer Maureen O'Donnell tells us about her writing process and how to craft a great obit headline.

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Starting Each Day By Asking ‘Who Died?’

A new documentary looks at the lives of the obituary writers at the 'New York Times.'

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‘Quality, Not Quantity’: Making The Most Of A Life Cut Short

Experts says all children and families are different in having the conversation, and sometimes that means it’s best not to have.

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Surviving Childhood Cancer Does Not Mean The Disease Is Left Behind

Adrian Abuanza was diagnosed with cancer when he was 6 years old. He's now 24 and cancer-free. He and his family reflect on his diagnoses.

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Each Patient — And Family — Prepares For The Unthinkable Differently

Specialists at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital discuss how they help young patients diagnosed with chronic or terminal diseases.

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For Some, Death Is Part Of The Job

As a nurse at an in-patient hospice care center, Maggie McMeekin’s job is to help the dying and their families find comfort in the end.

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Talking To Patients About Death

Dr. Jalal Baig says doctors still struggle to tell a patient, or their family, that they are going to die.

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