Jim Burress was named the local host and senior producer of All Things Considered on WABE in September 2018. Burress is responsible for the editorial direction of the show as well as hosting and reporting.
Burress joined WABE in 2008 as a news producer and reporter. Over his 10-year tenure, his award-winning and incisive work as a reporter, host and investigative reporter has run across multiple programs on WABE, including Morning Edition, Closer Look and All Things Considered. He is a frequent contributor to APM’s national show Marketplace, and his reports regularly air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Burress has won numerous professional awards, including 1st place honors from both the Kentucky and Georgia Associated Press, top honors for “best radio documentary” and “best in class-radio” from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Awards, and several regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2010, the Atlanta Press Club awarded Burress its radio “Award of Excellence” for his reporting on unlawful practices within the Atlanta Police Department, and again in 2012 for a joint project looking at special needs students attending Clayton County schools.
The NLGJA — The Association of LGBTQ Journalists – awarded Burress the 2016 Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism for his series of stories uncovering problems within the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. His reporting uncovered that top health officials failed to spend millions of dollars in federal funds earmarked for HIV prevention, forcing them to return the money. Top Fulton County officials credit his reporting as being a catalyst for sweeping change.
A proud native of Louisville, Kentucky (and an officially-commissioned Kentucky Colonel), Burress holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wabash College in Indiana, and a master’s in Mass Communication from Murray State University in Kentucky. That’s where Burress started his public radio career (WKMS-FM).
Burress moved to Atlanta to work on his PhD, but after a year away from reporting, he realized he preferred the newsroom to the classroom. When he arrived at WABE in the spring of 2008, there were just six people in the entire newsroom.
As a licensed pilot, Burress is fascinated by airplanes and aviation, which is why you’ll often hear him report on the commercial aviation industry.
In 2014, Jim wrote and produced WABE’s first news documentary in more than a decade, “Stuck in the Bluff.” He also traveled to Liberia to document the West African country’s efforts to rebuild post-civil war, and happened to be at the same hospital, the same week, where the massive Ebola outbreak started.
But Burress’ biggest prize came in 2001 when he won it all on the game show, “The Price is Right.”