Alexandra Botti is the senior producer for The Takeaway, where she runs daily production of the show. 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). Her favorite pieces to work on in her time with the show include 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 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:
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Talking about money has historically been something of a taboo, especially for women. But that's starting to change.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
From optimism to cynicism, how TV has reflected — and maybe even predicted — the tone in Washington.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Women of color are especially affected by what a new report calls the "broken rung" of the corporate ladder.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The Takeaway is joined by a journalist covering Washington and the Committee to Protect Journalists to discuss the implications of President Trump's attitude towards the press.
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Can a news story get so big that it influences polling?
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Washington Post writer Jason Rezaian reflects on his colleague Jamal Khashoggi's legacy.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
This Friday marks two years since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Andrew Yang and Kamala Harris have brought Asian American identity into a new national focus.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
In cities like Seattle, St. Louis, and Houston, newly elected prosecutors are building more expansive databases to track dishonest officers.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
The spy was removed by the CIA from Russia in 2017.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
States across the country are holding manufacturers and distributors of opioids accountable for their role in creating what they say is an epidemic.
Monday, August 19, 2019
The rapper’s company will serve as the “entertainment strategist” for the football league, and many are calling into question Jay-Z’s motives.
Monday, August 12, 2019
In the U.S., white, educated women are more likely to breastfeed and for longer periods. Some reasons for that are deeply rooted in our nation’s history.
Monday, August 12, 2019
On Saturday morning, guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility discovered the body of Jeffrey Epstein, who has apparently died by suicide.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
The historic protests on the island have shaken the political establishment on the island.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The Department of Health and Human Services released a scathing report on the Indian Health Service and its role in the opioid epidemic.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
As protests break out on the island, we hear from Puerto Ricans on the mainland.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
On the fifth anniversary of Garner's death by chokehold, a roundtable discussion on how the Black Lives Matter movement has evolved.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Starting today, migrants who do not seek asylum in at least one other country they cross through before reaching the U.S. cannot request asylum here.
Monday, July 15, 2019
France may be the first to pass a so-called “digital” tax on major US-based tech companies including Google, Amazon, and Facebook.