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Steve Edwards Returns to WBEZ Chicago
WBEZ Veteran Named Vice President and Chief Content Officer
CHICAGO (June 22, 2017) – WBEZ Chicago is pleased to announce that Steve Edwards will return to his former home as vice president and chief content officer. With nearly two decades of experience as an award-winning journalist, producer and program host, Edwards rejoins WBEZ during a period of exciting expansion and digital transition.
“I am thrilled to welcome Steve back to WBEZ, and I’m sure this is welcome news to all of his former fans,” said Goli Sheikholeslami, president and CEO of Chicago Public Media. “His commitment to independent journalism and appreciation for the importance of innovation to serve the next generation of public media listeners uniquely qualifies him for this position.”
“There's never been a greater need for rigorous, independent journalism — locally, nationally or globally — so I'm honored to be returning to an organization that I love and that fully embraces that mission,” said Edwards. “I look forward to working with the entire team to build on their tremendous success and to chart an exciting future marked by vibrant reporting and dynamic innovation.”
Edwards, who adopted a love of public radio and politics at a young age, spent 14 years at WBEZ before leaving in 2012 to join the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, a public policy and public service institute led by political commentator David Axelrod.
Serving as executive director at the Institute, Edwards oversaw all programming and operational duties, including the development of a public event series, professional fellowships, career and civic engagement programs, and popular podcast “The Axe Files” in partnership with CNN.
During his tenure at WBEZ, he hosted two highly acclaimed daily talk programs, “The Afternoon Shift” and “Eight Forty-Eight.” While in the host chair, “Eight-Forty-Eight” was named “Best Public Affairs Program” by Chicago Magazine, “Best Morning Radio Program” by Newcity Chicago and “Best Weekly Program” by an association of public radio news directors.
Edwards also led WBEZ’s digital and multimedia content efforts as content development director, hosted a weekly political show and was the correspondent for a BBC World Service documentary on the culture of political corruption in Chicago.
Edwards will assume the new position in early August. This appointment comes two months after Ben Calhoun, WBEZ’s former vice president of content and programming, announced his plans to return to the staff at This American Life.
About WBEZ Chicago
WBEZ 91.5 is Chicagoland’s premier media hub for high quality, fact-based journalism and engaging, entertaining audio programs and podcasts. WBEZ’s award-winning investigative journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change. WBEZ Chicago is home to two daily local programs, The Morning Shift and Worldview, and a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including Nerdette, Sound Opinions, and Making Oprah. WBEZ Chicago also co-produces the ground-breaking and nationally-acclaimed programs This American Life, Serial, and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!