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James Edwards

Podcast Producer

James Edwards is a podcast producer for WBEZ's content development team. He has held a variety of producing, reporting, and digital roles at such public media outlets as WGBH, WNET, and Public Radio International (PRI). At WGBH, he was a TV segment producer, a digital producer, and a general assignment reporter. He contributed to the station’s breaking and investigative coverage on the Boston marathon bombings, and worked on enterprise projects. For PRI, he helped oversee digital efforts for Global Nation Education, a yearlong initiative that looked at education for immigrant and first-generation students in the U.S. He has also been a researcher on book and documentary projects, including the book First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School by journalist Alison Stewart.

A native of Chicago's Chatham neighborhood, James holds a B.A. in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago and an MSJ from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. But his proudest achievement might be winning a free trip to Mexico as one of the winners of the Outguess Ebert Oscar contest (the year The Departed won).

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