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Tricia Bobeda

Tricia Bobeda

Senior Editor of Digital

Tricia is the Senior Editor of Digital at WBEZ and the co-host of the Nerdette Podcast. She leads the team of producers, reporters and editors responsible for WBEZ's website, apps and social media. 

Prior to joining WBEZ's digital team, Tricia reported for its news desk and worked on the Front and Center series. After studying journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School, she spend several years as a reporter for the Lansing State Journal. She was a finalist in the KCRW 2013 Radio Race

She makes a mean guacamole and her socks rarely match. 

Recent Stories


Nerdette's Back To School Special

Nerdette hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen take you on two scientific journeys in this back-to-school special. On air at 9 A.M. on WBEZ.


Refocusing On Protests Of ’68 Democratic National Convention

A photographer wanted to recreate an iconic photo for the 50th anniversary of the chaotic convention.


Is The Real-Life Upside Down At The Argonne National Laboratory?

No, but Tricia and Greta did see a lot of cool science going down at the high-security facility.

Curious City

Nerdette: Why Does John Hodgman Like Malört So Much?

We curate an episode of the WBEZ podcast, Nerdette, featuring an interview with comedian John Hodgman and the very Chicago story of Malört.


Nerdette's Finest: Tom Hanks

Nerdette is turning FIVE! And we're celebrating our birthday by showcasing delightful interviews, like this one with Tom Hanks.


Nerdette's Finest: Roxane Gay

Nerdette is turning FIVE! And we're celebrating our birthday by showcasing delightful interviews, like this one with author Roxane Gay.


Power Up: A New Project From Nerdette

We all have the same number of hours in a day. So how do inspiring people set themselves up for success in an exhausting world?


Class Is In Session: The TV That Makes You Cry

Jason Katims, the brains behind ‘Friday Night Lights’ and other high school TV dramas, explains why adolescence makes such good TV.


Need A New Read? How About ‘Black Panther With Magic’

The ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ author says she was motivated in part by racist online comments made about ‘The Hunger Games’ films.


‘West Wing’ Actress Anna Deavere Smith Takes You To Prison In New HBO Special

Smith says her new HBO special, ‘Notes From The Field,’ aims to illustrate the school-to-prison pipeline that minority students often face.


How To Be Aggressively Delightful

If you’re looking for a way to combat the online trolls fomenting unrest in America, comedian Negin Farsad might have a solution for you.


From ‘Empire’ To ‘The L Word,’ How A Creative Boss Gets It Done

Ilene Chaiken is an executive producer of TV shows that bring minority voices to the mainstream. Here’s how she does it.


Feminism, Fear, And Physics At The Winter Olympics

Olympians and experts on the science of fear, the physics of sliding down ice super duper fast, and the feminist fight to get women into more sports.


Sex, Drugs, And Singing Ovaries

A noted scientist explains why it’s problematic that many prescription drugs were only tested on men. Plus, ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ for sex ed.


The Ultimate Nerdy Compendium

On 'Nerdette', we’ve asked Tom Hanks, Jenny Slate, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and many more nerds to assign us homework. Here’s ALL of it.


Why Does John Hodgman Like Malört So Much?

The comedian sat down with Nerdette and an official from Jeppson's Malört to talk about the lovingly-reviled Swedish liqueur.


Pulitzer-Winner Jennifer Egan Almost Abandoned Her Latest Novel

‘Manhattan Beach,’ a noir-esque crime novel set in the early 20th century, was in the running for a 2017 National Book Award.


‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Says ‘Harvey Weinstein Moment’ Will Last

Author Margaret Atwood spoke candidly with ‘Nerdette’ about the near-daily claims of sexual assault that grab national headlines.


Daveed Diggs Does All The Things

The former ‘Hamilton’ star talks about his new film, ‘Wonder,’ and also his TV show, his rap group, and why he can text Busta Rhymes.


Eve Ewing Says Never Knit A Sweater For Anyone

Want to never see someone again? Ewing says knit them a sweater. The author also talks about Afrofuturism, Prince, and leaving social media.

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