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:

"We Had to Drive Through a Wall of Flames": Escaping the Camp Fire

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Four survivors of the devastating Camp Fire tell us their stories of escape and trying to forge ahead.

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Doctors On Gun Violence: "This Is Our Lane"

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The NRA told doctors to "stay in their lane," and not take on the issue of gun violence. Doctors said: no way.

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Counts and Recounts: Contested Races and How We Decide Them

Monday, November 12, 2018

An update on the tightest midterm races that still don't have an official winner, and a look at the rules that govern our process of counting and recounting votes in the U.S.

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With Democrats in the House, Will a Divided Government Be Able to Govern?

Friday, November 09, 2018

While Democrats will no longer be locked out of power completely, it's unclear what they'll be able to accomplish with Republicans still in control of the White House and Senate.

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A Post-Midterm Look at the Nation's Judicial Landscape

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The midterms are changing the face of America's courts, from the local level all the way up.

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A New DOJ, Sans Sessions

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Sessions is out. We explore the decision and what it could mean for the Mueller investigation and the future of the Trump Administration.

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1.5 Million Ex-Felons in Florida Regain Voting Rights

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Over million people in Florida regained the right to vote, the largest single enfranchisement since the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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A Night of Firsts: Women and Underrepresented Groups Make History

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Native American women and Muslim women are among the groups to be represented in Congress for the first time.

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Remembering Marie Colvin, as a New Film Brings Her Story to the Big Screen

Monday, November 05, 2018

War correspondent Marie Colvin braved war zones to show the world the human toll of conflict. We remember her legacy and hear about a new film bringing her story back to life. 

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Using Día de los Muertos to Help African Americans Heal

Thursday, November 01, 2018

One culture writer and filmmaker says the Mexican holiday could bring peace and hope to other communities.

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Photographing the Starving Children of Yemen's War

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

New York Times staff photographer Tyler Hicks is behind the devastating new photos of starving children in war-torn Yemen. He shares his experience documenting their brutal reality.

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Montana Decides Whether to Keep Taxing to Fund Public Colleges

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Decreasing support for higher education in Montana could mean the first "no" vote for using property taxes to support public colleges. 

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Half of Yemen's Population Now at Risk of Famine

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

As the humanitarian disaster in Yemen worsens, is the world finally paying attention?

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Big Tech Ideas? To Fix Our Voting System, Experts Say We Don't Need Them

Thursday, October 25, 2018

We asked the experts: what will improve our voting infrastructure in the future? And is technology at the heart of it? They said: it's time to get back to basics.

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Holes and Gaps: Where Our Voting Systems Fail

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

What are the gaps in our election systems? We explore everything from technological glitches, to cybersecurity holes, to flaws in policy.

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Does the Violence Against Women Act Actually Prevent Violence?

Monday, October 22, 2018

One attorney says the law's emphasis on criminalization actually makes the problem worse.

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How United States' Elections Work

Monday, October 22, 2018

15 days ahead of the midterm elections, The Takeaway is taking a step back and looking at the infrastructure of the United States' voting system. 

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A Booming Jobs Market: What Does It Mean For All Americans?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A booming labor market means it’s also a great time for employees to ask for more money in their current role, or to find new, better work. But who is left out of this prosperous moment?

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The Dangers of Being a Woman and a Journalist

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Last week Viktoria Marinova, an investigative television journalist in Bulgaria, was brutally murdered. Journalism seems as dangerous as ever for women in Europe. Why?

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Recover, Rebuild: Updating Our Communities for a New Climate Reality

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hurricanes like Michael reveal that our infrastructure, building codes, and preparedness protocols are based on outdated models. We consider a new way forward.

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