Shawn Allee is the editor for Curious City, a production team at WBEZ that answers the public’s questions about Chicago, the region and its people. He edits whatever the minds of Curious City producers, reporters other contributors might dream up. When he’s not telling farm-related stories about his youth in Iowa, his favorite thing to say is: “Follow your heart, then get an edit.” His own radio work landed him on NPR’s On The Media, All Things Considered, This American Life, Marketplace and other public radio outlets. With help from editors too numerous to mention, Shawn’s investigations earned him top honors from the Illinois Associated Press, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and the Radio Television Digital News Association.
He earned a B.A. in anthropology and comparative religion from Cornell College, Iowa, as well as master’s degrees from The University of Chicago’s Divinity School and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
He regrets nothing. Shawn digs taking photographs, especially of his wife, his cats and his Chicago neighborhood. They will, however, be kept off the Internet. That is, until the time is just right.