As WBEZ’s Production Director, Heidi is responsible for the daily production, recording and scheduling of on-air announcements and station promos. She has produced for election coverage, live music festivals, holiday programming, Chicago Matters, and has filed for NPR. She currently hosts Stories on Stage.
Heidi joined the staff of Chicago Public Media in September 1987 as a reporter for the program Airplay, later becoming a producer for various programs, including One Flight Up, Speaking of Health and Medicine, The Mara Tapp Show and Artistic License. She was the long-time host for Morning Edition, as well as for the weekends.
Heidi has received many awards for her work, including an Illinois Associated Press award, Lisagor Award and national Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) award. She has also received a Chicago Emmy.
Prior to joining Chicago Public Media, Heidi worked as an associate producer at WTTW-TV11, a news writer at WMAQ Radio, a producer at WJUF Cable TV and an announcer/host of Voice of Israel.
Heidi has an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Heidi resides in Evanston with her husband, teacher David Newman, and two, red-headed children.