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Steve Edwards

Steve Edwards

VP, Chief Content Officer

Steve Edwards, vice president and chief content officer at WBEZ, has spent nearly 20 years as an award-winning journalist, producer and program host. Covering everything from politics to pop culture, his work has appeared on BBC, Bloomberg News, PBS and numerous public radio stations around the United States.  

Edwards worked at WBEZ Chicago for 14 years before leaving in 2012 to join the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. During his tenure at WBEZ, he served as the host of two acclaimed daily news and culture programs, “The Afternoon Shift” and “Eight Forty-Eight.” He also led the station’s digital and multimedia content efforts, hosted a weekly political show and was the correspondent for a BBC World Service documentary on the culture of political corruption in Chicago.
 
As Executive Director of the Institute of Politics, Edwards oversaw all programming and operational duties, including its acclaimed public event series, professional fellowships, career and civic engagement programs, and the “The Axe Files” podcast in partnership with former presidential advisor David Axelrod and CNN. 
 
Edwards earned his B.A. in political science from Amherst College and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Recent Stories

Afternoon Shift

Authors celebrate Ray Bradbury's long, short story legacy

Few American writers have been as widely read by so many Americans as Ray Bradbury. We convene a panel of authors to talk about the Bradbury legacy and the new book Shadow Show, a collection of short stories inspired by Bradbury.

Afternoon Shift

Chicago hosts 'the NASCAR of sailing'

While Chicago is known as a great city for sailing and the home of the legendary Chicago-to-Mackinac Race, it lacks the international profile of such U.S. cities as San Diego or Newport, Rhode Island. That may change with the Chicago Match Race Center.

Afternoon Shift

Chicago Tribune series on flame retardants sparks widespread reaction

The reach has extended all the way to Capitol Hill, where 26 senators are pushing the EPA to enact tougher restrictions on the chemicals.

Afternoon Shift

Why Redmoon believes public art should be about more than just statues

Redmoon Theater is set to launch Urban Interventions, which is part of the company's effort to invade public spaces, bringing performance out of the theater and into the community. The Redmoon is known for mixing the traditions of theater, puppetry, circus arts and performance art into large-scale spectacle performances.

Afternoon Shift

Mason Bates & Mercury Soul bring classical music into the clubs

The CSO's composer-in-residence combines classical music with electronic dance music.

Afternoon Shift

A century of Studs Terkel

Studs would've turned 100 years old on Wednesday, and across Chicago and in communities far beyond, people are marking the occasion with tributes and remembrances.

Afternoon Shift

Anna Quindlen: Better with age

In our youth-obsessed culture, aging is among the things we're taught to fear at all cost. But novelist and journalist Anna Quidlen believes in another truth: Aging is not only inevitable, it's enjoyable.

Afternoon Shift

Is proposed infrastructure fund just the beginning?

Managing the challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities, Robin Hambleton argues, requres a shift from government to governance.  And he says the leaders who can effectively bring together public, private, civic, community and corporate entities to common solutions will have a leg up.

Afternoon Shift

Anne Rice on vampires, werewolves and writing

It's been more than three decades since author Anne Rice first penned her best selling book, Interview with the Vampire. Along the way, her stories of vampires, witches and angels helped define a genre of gothic horror.

Afternoon Shift

How ESPN came to dominate the world of sports media

How did a small, upstart cable network based in Bristol, CT come to dominate the global sporting field?  For some insight, we turn to James Andrew Miller, co-author of the 2011 book, These Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.

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