Alexandra Botti is the interim 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). 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:
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.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The journalist and author has had three adoptions fall through.
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Meanwhile, a US Circuit Court of Appeals is once again hearing arguments on the fate of Obamacare.
Monday, July 08, 2019
The latest charges against Jeffrey Epstein are raising new questions about how much his powerful allies knew about his behavior and what they did to protect him.
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Alaska’s Republican governor has cut nearly 41 percent of the state’s higher education operating budget.
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Across the globe, tourism is on the rise, and our planet is feeling it. By some estimates, global tourism accounts for nearly 10 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Listeners share their favorite summer anthems for 2019.
Monday, July 01, 2019
Donald Trump is the first sitting U.S. president to step onto North Korean soil. Was it a step toward peace and cooperation, or toward nuclear appeasement?
Thursday, June 27, 2019
We conclude our series "Life After Overdose" with a look at what life is like today for Lauren and April, and what comes next for each of them.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
In the third part of our series "Life After Overdose": how families are impacted when a loved one is addicted, overdoses, and survives.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Listeners share a specific moment in the movement for LGBTQ rights that has stuck with them.
Monday, June 24, 2019
In the first part of our series "Life After Overdose," we meet 41-year-old Lauren Hamilton, and 25-year-old April Erion. Both survived opioid overdoses.
Monday, June 17, 2019
Last week, prosecutors dropped all pending criminal charges against officials involved in the Flint water crisis, creating another delay in the city's ordeal.
Monday, June 10, 2019
Yulio Castro-Garrido died in January 2018, after spending a month and a half at the ICE Stewart Detention Center.
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Critics say school resource officers heighten the chance of propelling students into the school-to-prison pipeline. Others say they are a school's best defense against a gunman.
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
The Handmaid's Tale season 3 is out now. Tanzina Vega talks with its creator about bringing Margaret Atwood's world to life in this historical moment.
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
But will the Canadian government actually make meaningful change?