Alexandra Botti

Takeaway Producer

Alexandra Botti is a producer for The Takeaway, where she is responsible for much of the program's coverage of the #MeToo movement, and the opioid crisis. (She also proudly considers herself the show's ballet producer). Some of her favorite pieces to work on in the last year have been a story about a controversial bathroom in Washington Heights, a profile of the first woman to be a VP of production in Hollywood, and a conversation with a researcher who interviewed more than 100 rapists in New Delhi.

Before she came to WNYC, Alex worked for WAMU in Washington, D.C., where she spent three years as a senior producer for the national NPR news talk program The Diane Rehm Show. While there Alex spearheaded the creation of original Diane Rehm Show content for NPR One, hosting two-ways that looked at major news stories from surprising angles

Alex holds a Master's degree in Language and Communication (Sociolinguistics) from Georgetown University, and she'll happily explain to you why she thinks we need more linguists in journalism. She also holds a B.A. from Smith College in English Language and Literature and French Studies. Alex is a dual citizen of the United States and France, and grew up primarily in the Boston area. A lifelong dancer, she's usually teaching or taking ballet class when she's not producing radio.

To pitch Alex a story, you can reach her via e-mail.

Alexandra Botti appears in the following:

Women's March: Is its Message Still Urgent in 2019?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Women's March launched a movement. Is it still alive today?

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Incarcerated Parents: Why Many Nonviolent Offenders Lose Their Parental Rights

Monday, January 14, 2019

Many parents in prison are completely stripped of their parental rights, even if they are incarcerated for non-violent, low-level crimes. 

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Misdemeanors: Why One Lawyer Says They're Making America More Unequal

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Charged with a misdemeanor? You could be swept into a massive, unfair system.

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Another Death at the Home of Political Donor Ed Buck

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Once again, a black man has been found dead inside the home of Democratic activist and donor Ed Buck.

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How R. Kelly Built an "Ecosystem Around his Predation"

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

For years in the music and entertainment industry, there’s been an open secret about musician R. Kelly. Everyone knows, but no one wants to talk about it. That may be changing.

For Americans Over 50, Losing Work Can Mean Financial Ruin

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

A new analysis says more than half of U.S. workers over 50 get pushed out of their longtime jobs, and often suffer permanent financial setbacks.

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Inside the Big Business of Migrant Detention

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

A new investigation shows just how lucrative the big business of immigration detention is for private prisons.

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2018 Brings #MeToo Laws Nationwide

Monday, December 31, 2018

Across the country, #MeToo has moved from a hashtag to the basis for new laws to combat sexual misconduct.

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New Report Says the VA Underspent on Suicide Prevention Outreach

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A new report just out from the Government Accountability Office says the VA has failed on a massive scale to address the problem of veteran suicide.

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A Bipartisan Moment for Criminal Justice Reform

Thursday, December 20, 2018

This week we spotted that rarest of beasts in Washington: a bipartisan moment, and just in time for the holidays. The Senate has passed criminal justice reform with the First Step Act.

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Goldman Sachs Faces Criminal Charges for Billion Dollar Fraud

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The firm is being accused of conspiracy to launder $2.7 billion from a Malaysian infrastructure fund.

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Two Iowa Middle Schools Now Require Firearms Safety Training

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Two middle schools in rural Iowa are requiring students to take a firearm safety course this spring. What is a school's responsibility when it comes to keeping kids safe from guns?

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Budapest Erupts in Protests Over Far-Right Reforms

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Thousands of Hungarians have taken to the frigid streets of Budapest over the last five days to protest the government of far-right prime minister, Viktor Orban. 

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Young Voices on Climate Grow Louder Around the World

Monday, December 17, 2018

Some of the loudest voices at the UN climate talks in Poland this month weren't those of world leaders, but of young people.

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The World Has Pledged Billions to Aid in Yemen. Is It Helping?

Monday, December 17, 2018

The global community has pledged billions in aid. But Yemen remains gripped by a humanitarian crisis killing thousands. Why isn't more aid reaching those who need it?

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Theresa May Stays, as a Messy Brexit Continues

Thursday, December 13, 2018

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no confidence vote called by members of her own Conservative Party, as the messy Brexit story continues to unfold.

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How the Wrongfully Convicted Can Get Their Due from the IRS

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

There's tax relief available to wrongfully convicted people who are awarded money through lawsuits or state statutes. But few exonerees actually know about it.

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China Leads the World in Carbon Emissions; Can It Be Part of the Global Solution?

Monday, December 10, 2018

New research shows the rate of global carbon dioxide emissions is accelerating, and China is responsible for more emissions than anywhere else. So what is the country doing about it?

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Sacramento Reduces Black Infant Deaths Through Education

Thursday, December 06, 2018

After decades of black babies dying at twice the rate of other racial groups in Sacramento, a new report finds a 45 percent decrease in black infant deaths between 2013 and 2016.

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How We Say Goodbye: Presidential Funerals and Moments of Unity

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Presidential funerals — and the eulogies delivered at them — have made for memorable moments in the nation’s history, and have been used to call for unity in divisive times.

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