Alexandra Botti

Takeaway Senior Producer

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:

How Coronavirus is Affecting the Primaries

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the campaign for President of the United States. But it looks different than just a few weeks ago.

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Takeaway Host Tanzina Vega on Motherhood and Social Isolation

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Host Tanzina Vega gives us an update from her home in Queens, New York, where she is on maternity leave.

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How Sex Workers Are Impacted by COVID-19

Monday, March 23, 2020

A look at how sex workers are impacted by COVID-19.

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DOJ Drops Charges Against Russian Firms Implicated in 2016 Election Interference

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

You might have missed what the Department of Justice did this week: they dropped charges against two Russian firms accused of funding efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

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In Developing Countries, Space Programs Take Flight

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Countries like Ethiopia, India, Angola, and South Africa have begun launching objects into space.

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Super Tuesday Brings Democratic Primary into Sharper Focus

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Joe Biden had a dominant showing on Super Tuesday, meaning that the shape of the race for the Democratic nomination is finally coming into focus.

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Two Women Shoot and Kill Their Abusers Claiming Self-Defense. They Face Decades in Prison.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Two women who were abused shot the men abusing them. Self-defense laws aren't going to keep them from decades in prison.

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"I'd Like to Get These Guns Out of the House": Lisette Johnson's Story

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Lisette Johnson was shot four times by her husband in 2009 and survived, and has since become an advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence. 

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Guns and Domestic Violence: Overview

Monday, February 24, 2020

In the United States, domestic violence incidents involving guns are on the rise, and women are especially vulnerable.

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Why Public Transportation Is Such an Important Site of Civil Rights Protest

Monday, February 17, 2020

Transportation has long been a staging ground for civil rights protests. And U.S. history is filled with the stories of those who stood up to discrimination on public transit.

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What Are the Repercussions of Linking Overdose and Homicide?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Overdose-homicide arrests are on the rise. What does this mean for people caught up in addiction?

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Gayle King Comes Under Fire for Interview About Kobe Bryant's Legacy

Monday, February 10, 2020

 This taps into longstanding cultural expectations of black women and the black family, and the priority of upholding and defending black men.

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Following Acquittal, What's Next for the Democrats?

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Rep. Steve Israel argues that Democrats should continue to expose Trump's misdeeds and focus on November.

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President Trump's State of the Union: Immigration, Economy, 2020 Elections

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The President avoided one major topic: impeachment.

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In "The Other Latif," a Reporter Investigates His Namesake at Guantánamo Bay

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Radiolab's director of research Latif Nasser discovers that there's someone else who shares his unusual name: detainee 244 at Guantánamo Bay.

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Miscarriages, a Common Experience We Don't Discuss

Monday, February 03, 2020

Around 1 out of 4 women will experience a miscarriage. The Takeaway takes an in-depth look at the impact it can have on women.  

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Could "She" Be President? A Look at Pronoun Bias in Politics

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Presidential candidates have been using female pronouns to talk about the presidency. Turns out we may all be biased against the “she” pronoun in that context.

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House Managers Begin Their Case Against President Trump

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Each of the seven House managers will present different aspects of the case.

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The Barriers to Finding Mental Healthcare While Black

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Only a quarter of Black Americans seek out care, compared with 40% of white people. And only about 4% of therapists are black.

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Women Are Opening Up About Their Salaries

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Talking about money has historically been something of a taboo, especially for women. But that's starting to change.

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