Assistant News Director, Anchor,
Co-Host & Producer of The WBGO Journal,
Host of Newark Today
Andrew has been a full-time member of the WBGO News department since 1998. He was initially hired as a general assignment reporter, but shortly after joining the staff he also became the afternoon news anchor, providing regular updates on the news, sports, traffic and weather during Afternoon Jazz with Michael Bourne. Throughout his tenure, he has continued to work as a reporter, providing stories for daily newscasts as well as for the station’s weekly news program, The WBGO Journal, for which he also serves as a co-host and producer.
Over the years, Andrew’s responsibilities have grown to include hosting Newark Today, a live monthly call-in show with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and being part of and hosting special news events such as election coverage.
While Andrew is a general assignment reporter, he has covered numerous stories concerning an area of critical importance to the region: the battle to balance development with the preservation of open space. He has also taken every opportunity to expand his knowledge in the field. In April of 2001, he received a fellowship from the National Press Foundation in Washington D.C. to take part in a special four-day forum on housing and development issues. In April of 2004, he was a fellow at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in a program called "Cities, Suburbs and Beyond."
Before joining the news department at WBGO, Andrew free-lanced as a reporter, anchor, news writer and producer in the New York metropolitan area. He worked for a number of stations including 1010 WINS, WNYC, WOR-AM and New Jersey 101.5. Andrew has also worked as a stringer for various networks including NPR, ABC Radio and AP Radio. He continues to contribute spot news and feature stories to NPR.
Since joining WBGO, Andrew has been repeatedly honored for his work by groups including, nationally, the Public Radio News Directors Inc., and, regionally, the New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has twice served as president of the New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters' Association.
Andrew was born in Louisville, Kentucky and holds the commission of Colonel in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He and his wife, Page Sampson, their daughter, Alexandra, and two cats, Dizzy and Dinah, currently live in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.