Brad Edwards runs CBS News Chicago.
He took on that assignment in May 2022 when the station announced, “Brad Edwards has been named lead anchor and storyteller for CBS News Chicago, the station’s streaming channel. In this newly created role, Edwards will lead coverage in live breaking news from CBS Chicago on the platform 24/7 and lead a team to produce impactful and groundbreaking long-form stories and documentaries for the service.”
Prior to this role, he anchored CBS 2’s weekday evening newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Irika Sargent. [2019-22]. Edwards also serves as a CBS 2 investigator along with Dave Savini, Dorothy Tucker, Dana Kozlov and Megan Hickey.
In 2021, Edwards won the nation’s top audiovisual writing award: the Edward R. Murrow National Award for Excellence in Writing. This adds to Edwards’ stash of more than 100 awards, which includes more than a dozen other Edward R. Murrow regional awards. His talk 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.
Her work has led to new policies and lawsuits, reunited families and helped free a woman serving a 50-year sentence for a crime she did not commit. In Detroit, his year-long investigation of the Wayne County morgue led to the burial of dozens of needy souls and the acceleration of funding for a massive facility expansion. In 2021, Illinois instituted two new state laws following an eye-opening investigation by Edwards and his team. Laws protect the identities of victims of sexual abuse, after Edwards’ series showed a deeply disturbing pattern of unhindered 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 was an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago. He has served on the board of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago (2017-2021), Devices 4 the Disabled (2020-present) and is a SAG-AFTRA delegate for CBS2 Chicago.
A 2001 graduate of Michigan State University, he resides in Chicago.