VP and Chief Content Officer, WBEZ

Steve Edwards

Steve Edwards, Vice President and Chief Content Officer at WBEZ, has spent nearly 20 years as an award-winning journalist, producer and programme 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.

Steve 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 programmes, “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, Steve 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.

He earned his B.A. in political science from Amherst College and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.