Justin Kaufmann

Executive Producer, Midday

As executive producer of Middays for WBEZ, Justin is responsible for the talk programs Eight Forty-Eight, Worldview and the Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards. Justin is an ensemble member of the comedy group Schadenfreude, which formerly had a weekly radio program on WBEZ.

Justin joined the staff of WBEZ in the summer of 1994 as an associate producer for the program, Talk of the City, later becoming a producer for the programs Metropolis and the John Dempsey Show. He was also a founding senior producer for Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ’s award-winning weekday morning newsmagazine. Most recently, Justin was the senior content developer, responsible for the content on WBEZ.org.

Justin is the recipient of two James Beard Foundation Awards for his culinary reports with Eight Forty-Eight food contributor Steve Dolinsky. He has also earned Peter Lisagor Awards, Illinois Associated Press awards and a Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) Award.

Justin has a B.S. in Journalism from Columbia College in Chicago.

Originally from Wonder Lake, Illinois, Justin resides in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, Julie and his son, Miles.