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Brad Edwards


Brad Edwards leads CBS News Chicago.

He took that assignment in May 2022 when the station announced: "Brad Edwards has been named Primary Anchor and Storyteller for CBS News Chicago, the station's streaming channel. In this newly created role, Edwards will lead CBS Chicago's live streaming coverage of breaking news on the 24/7 platform and head up a team to produce impactful, ground-breaking longform stories and documentaries for the service."

Before that role, he anchored CBS2's weekday evening newscasts at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. with Irika Sargent [2019-22]. Edwards also serves as a CBS2 Investigator along with Dave Savini, Dorothy Tucker, Dana Kozlov and Megan Hickey.

In 2021, Edwards won the nation's top broadcast writing award: the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing. This adds to Edwards' cache of more than 100 awards, which includes more than a dozen other Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. His exposé on Chicago's broken water billing system — Getting Hosed — won Emmy Awards in 2019, '20 and '21, and the 2020 RTDNA / NEFE award for Personal Finance Reporting.

His work has led to new policies and prosecutions, has reunited families and helped free a woman serving a 50-year prison sentence for a crime she didn't commit. In Detroit, his year-long inquiry into the Wayne County morgue led to the burial of dozens of indigent souls, and the fast-tracking of funding for a massive facility expansion. In 2021, Illinois instituted two new state laws following a revelatory investigation by Edwards and his team. The statutes protect the identities of sex abuse victims, after Edwards' series showed a deeply disturbing pattern of unfettered public access to such information.

Before joining CBS2 Chicago in 2012, Edwards anchored and reported in Detroit; Indianapolis; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Lansing, Michigan. At each station, The Associated Press named him Reporter of the Year.

Brad served as an adjunct professor at Columbia College of Chicago. He's been on the Board of Directors at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago (2017-2021), Devices 4 the Disabled (2020-present), and serves as CBS2 Chicago's SAG-AFTRA Steward.

A 2001 graduate of Michigan State University, he resides in Chicago.

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