Josh Andrews is a media & technology strategist, specializing in public media. He is a 10-year veteran of WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, one of the nation’s largest public radio outlets.
In 1998, he launched Odyssey, a daily talk-show with host Gretchen Helfrich, and served as the show’s senior producer overseeing its national distribution. Odyssey featured in-depth conversations on the issues and ideas that shape our world. Notable guests included Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein, Cornell West, Larry Lessig, Austan Goolsbee, William Ayers, Salman Rushdie, David Remnick, Robert Reich, Stanley Fish and John Yoo.
In 2005, Josh was named a Senior Content Developer for Chicago Public Radio and worked with senior management to build new online and on-air initiatives. During this time, he served as the project manager for the development of Vocalo.org, an innovative new radio and internet service. In 2007, Josh was named Senior Director of Internet Strategy and was responsible for the planning and development of Chicago Public Radio’s non-broadcast platforms. During his tenure at this position, unique visitors to the station’s website grew over 100% and page views grew over 200%. In November 2008, Chicagopublicradio.org was recognized as the fastest growing public media Web site in the nation by the Integrated Media Organization.
Josh currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Humanities Council. He has a B.A. in Politics from the University of California-Santa Cruz, where he graduated with honors. He lives in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago.