James Edwards


James is a producer for the FRONTLINE Dispatch podcast. He has held a variety of producing, reporting, and digital positions at public media outlets such as WBEZ Chicago, Public Radio International, WGBH News, and the newsmagazine Need To Know On PBS. Most recently, James served as a producer with WBEZ’s podcast team, where he was the lead producer for the award-winning podcast 16 Shots, and developed and produced the series South Side Stories, a collaboration with Comedy Central. James has also worked as a researcher on a number of TV, film, and documentary projects, including the feature film Candyman and the HBO series Lovecraft Country (both produced by Monkeypaw Productions). He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago (B.A. Film & Video) and Northwestern University (M.S. Journalism).


Boston, MA

COVID-19 & the Medical Supply Crisis
As COVID swept the U.S., why did hospitals face deadly shortages of PPE and other medical supplies? How did America’s medical supply chain fail so catastrophically?
October 8, 2020
Making "The Choice"
Before America votes, what can Biden and Trump’s responses to past crises — both personal and political — tell us about how they might lead the United States through a time of national turbulence? 
September 22, 2020
A Mother & Her Newborn Separated by COVID-19
How the coronavirus separated a mother from her newborn baby, and the schoolteacher who stepped in to help the family in their time of need.
August 11, 2020
Essential and Unprotected
They’ve been keeping America fed throughout the pandemic — and they say they’ve had to choose between their health and their jobs.
July 21, 2020
Bribing Doctors, Making Millions
How a drug company made millions pushing an opioid painkiller up to 100x stronger than morphine, as many on Wall Street looked the other way.
June 23, 2020
Maria Ressa, Duterte & the Fight for the Free Press
Days before an expected verdict in her trial, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa speaks out about reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war — and then becoming a high-profile target of his government’s crackdown on the press. 
June 12, 2020
Race, Police & the Pandemic
As streets across America erupt into clashes over racism during the coronavirus pandemic, Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker examines a connection between George Floyd's death and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 deaths among African Americans.
June 2, 2020
Covering Coronavirus: United States of Conspiracy
As COVID-19 has spread, so, too, have conspiracy theories about the virus. FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk examines how conspiracy theories have taken center stage in U.S. politics.
May 28, 2020
Covering Coronavirus: Life & Death in the Bronx
Inside a family-owned funeral home in the Bronx, as the coronavirus disproportionately kills black and Latino people — and upends how their loved ones grieve.
May 16, 2020
Covering Coronavirus: A Midnight Rescue
As COVID-19 ran rampant through the adult care facility, family members struggled to learn the truth of what was happening. Listen to the story of one daughter’s midnight rescue of her 82-year-old father from Queens Adult Center in New York.
May 2, 2020
Covering Coronavirus: Indian Country
Native American communities were already dealing with underfunded health services. Then the coronavirus outbreak began.
April 24, 2020
Covering Coronavirus: A Tale of Two Washingtons
What the feud between President Trump and Washington Gov. Inslee reveals about federal-state tensions in the coronavirus fight.
April 17, 2020