Alexandra Starr

Alexandra Starr is currently working as a reporter at NPR.  

Alexandra Starr appears in the following:

In Trove Of Kids' Book Treasures, A Glimpse Of The Work Behind The Magic

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Once a doctor's hobby, the Kerlan Collection is now one of the world's great collections of children's literature. Over 100,000 books offer visitors a chance to see the writer's process — for free.


On The Eve Of Dominican Day Parade, A Deportation Policy Draws Criticism

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The controversy over the Dominican Republic's policy to deport thousands of people of Haitian descent is reverberating through Caribbean-American communities in New York City.


Huckabee Remarks Further Complicate Evangelicals Relationship With Jews

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was criticized for evoking the Holocaust in comments on Iran's nuclear deal. It's the latest chapter in relations between Jewish and evangelical communities.


After Court Ruling, 3 Immigration Detention Centers Could Close

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thousands of Central American families claiming asylum in the U.S. have been detained. A federal district court judge ruled that 3 facilities that hold these families aren't meeting legal standards.


At Low Pay, Government Hires Immigrants Held At Detention Centers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's illegal to hire immigrants without legal status. Yet the federal government employs thousands of undocumented workers. They prepare food and clean detention facilities where they are held.


Special Visa For Immigrant Victims Of Crime Proves Controversial

Friday, July 10, 2015

Non-citizens who are victims of serious crime may qualify for a special visa. The purpose of the law is to encourage immigrants to cooperate with law enforcement, whatever their legal status. But some question whether the U visa is working as intended.


Trump Backlash Shows Latino Consumers' Growing Influence

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Macy's decision to sever ties with Donald Trump after he made derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants is the latest business partnership the real estate mogul has lost in the past several days.


Univision Cancels Miss USA Telecast After Trump's Immigration Comments

Friday, June 26, 2015

The network is protesting Donald Trump's recent negative comments about Mexican immigrants to the U.S. Trump is a part-owner of the Miss USA pageant, and a recent 2016 GOP presidential candidate.


Beyond College-Ready: Top Charter Schools Support Graduates In College

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Many elite charter schools boast of making students from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds ready for college. Now some programs are focused on helping more of those students finish their degrees.


Supporters Aim To Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When a child is adopted by a U.S. citizen, they become a U.S. citizen. But that process didn't become automatic until 2000, and adoptees that had aged into adulthood were excluded.


Standards For Child Migrants Could Force Detention Centers To Close

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Obama administration has detained thousands of immigrant women and children, but that could soon change. A court case is challenging whether it is ever legal to hold children for long periods.


Boosting Education For Babies And Their Parents

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Harlem Children's Zone Baby College program offers classes and supplies to expectant parents and those with kids up to age 3. It also helps create a vital sense of community.


Desilicious: A Bollywood Bash And A Safe Haven

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Since 2002, LGBT South Asians have regularly gathered in New York City for this blowout dance party. Attendees welcome the chance to be open about their sexuality and embrace their heritage.


Why Russian-American Jews Are Ballroom Dance Leaders

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

As ABC's Dancing with the Stars celebrates its 10th anniversary, we explain why Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants have stepped to the front of this country's ballroom dance scene.


A Lesser-Known Human Trafficking Problem: Teenage Basketball Players

Monday, April 06, 2015

There is a lot of money to be made in bringing underage kids to the U.S. and trying to make them the next Kobe. But what happens to the rest of them?


In New York's Multinational Astoria, Diversity Is Key To Harmony

Monday, March 30, 2015

The neighborhood in Queens has become a kind of urban United Nations, with people from 100 countries living there. The more diverse it becomes, the better its residents appear to get along.


When Hoop Dreams Become Nightmares

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The demand for college basketball talent in the U.S. has led to human trafficking in countries like Nigeria. Alexandra Starr reports on a Nigerian teenager who got caught up in it.

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Starbucks Faces Criticism Over 'Race Together' Campaign

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Starbucks launched its campaign this week to spur a conversation around race. But despite criticism across social media, some Starbucks customers in New York City seem open to the discussion.


Can New York Police Build Trust Among Public Housing Residents?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Many New York public housing residents once trusted the police who patrolled their communities. Since an officer killed an unarmed man in public housing, some are pressing to change police tactics.


Trafficked to Play, Then Forgotten

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Alley Ene was 17 when a basketball scout brought him to the U.S. Ene dreamed of earning a college scholarship; two years later, he was off the court and homeless. This is his story.