Drew Tewksbury is a Los Angeles-based cultural journalist, editor, photographer, and multimedia producer.
Tewksbury is the managing editor / co-producer for KCET-TV's Artbound, a transmedia project providing in-depth arts/culture coverage of 11 counties in Southern California. He develops, assigns, and edits content from more than 50 contributors stationed across the state, writes feature articles, and helps develop documentary segments broadcast on Artbound’s TV show aired on KCET public media.
For Artbound Presents: Studio A, a music performance show on KCET TV, he assists in production of online editorial content and booking musical acts.
As a journalist, Tewksbury has written and reported feature articles or radio pieces for: National Public Radio (NPR), Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, L.A Weekly, KPCC Southern California Public Radio, NME (U.K), Billboard Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, Flaunt Magazine, SWINDLE Magazine, URB Magazine, Filter Magazine, Intersections (International), Style In Progress (Austria), People Magazine, US Weekly.
From 2010-2013, Tewksbury wrote and voiced bi-monthly on-air music review segments, "New Music Tuesday," aired on KPCC Southern California Public Radio's Take Two Show (formerly the Madeleine Brand Show). He was a producer for National Public Radio’s News and Notes.
As an educator, Tewksbury teaches Entertainment Journalism at University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He has taught Cultural Journalism at Loyola Marymount University.
He’s a graduate from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Masters Program.
LOCATION: Los Angeles
WHAT INSPIRES ME: Art and music that breaks convention, haunts my memory, or clutches onto my heart.
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: Sunday picnics in Topanga Canyon
FAVORITE WRITERS: Mike Sager, Chuck Klosterman, Jorge Luis Borges
ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Prince
MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Tracy Emin
PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Slow, super sludgey rock, maybe Om, the Melvins, or Sunn o))). Krautrock works too, maybe Neu! or Can, and perhaps pulsating jazz or electro, like Steve Reich or Konono No.1.
WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: After spending over a decade in Los Angeles, I’m still discovering new things about this city. Whether I’m watching movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, catching an opera in a warehouse, or eating a bacon wrapped hotdog from vendors outside Dodger stadium, L.A. provides an unending cavalcade of stimulus.
California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.
Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.
Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.
At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.
Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.
Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.
A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.
Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.
Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.