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James Edwards

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).

Recent Stories

Morning Shift Podcast

Toni Preckwinkle On Her Bid To Be Chicago’s Next Mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle makes her case for mayor and takes calls from listeners about the issues most pressing to them.

Morning Shift Podcast

City Treasurer Candidate Ameya Pawar Makes His Case, And Chicago’s Latino Film Festival Still Going Strong After 35 Years

Chicago City Treasurer candidate Ameya Pawar lays out his vision for the city’s economic future. Plus, cinephiles will have about 100 films to choose from at this year’s Chicago Latino Film Festival.

Morning Shift Podcast

Singer Maggie Kubley, And Checking In With An Old Friend Of The Show

Chicago singer Maggie Kubley talks about going solo after her band Celine Neon broke up, getting sober, and redefining her sound. Plus, Morning Shift host emeritus Tony Sarabia tells us what he's been up to since moving to Iowa.

Morning Shift Podcast

Mayoral Race Heats Up As April 2 Runoff Approaches

Chance the Rapper endorses Preckwinkle, and Willie Cochran pleads guilty to wire fraud.

Morning Shift Podcast

Chicagoland’s Best Korean Food. Plus, Boeing, FAA Under Scrutiny

Chicago Tribune food writers discuss Chicago’s New Koreatown. Plus, the FAA and Boeing are in the hot seat after two deadly plane crashes.

The Trouble


After a police shooting near her home, Ashley became a full-time activist. She confronts the emotional and mental toll it has taken on her.

16 Shots

Ep 3: The Fallout

Protesters take to the streets. Critics attack the mayor and police department. A federal probe finds a pattern of abuse by Chicago cops.

16 Shots

Ep 2: Pattern & Practice

The fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald aggravated longstanding tensions between Chicago police and the city’s black residents. We look at how a troubled police department spun a narrative of the shooting, how that narrative fell apart, and how the city reacted when it did.

16 Shots

Ep 1: The Night Of

The police shooting of Laquan McDonald forces Chicago to prepare for potential riots. We piece together details from McDonald’s too-short life and hear from Officer Jason Van Dyke in his first interview since the shooting.

The Trouble


Onstage, Rebecca’s comedy career was taking off. Offstage, she feared for her life.

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