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:

"I Don’t See How Anyone Can Feel Safe Anywhere": Mosque Shootings in New Zealand Shake the World

Monday, March 18, 2019

The victims range between three and 71-years-old, shedding a light at the horrors of the attack in New Zealand.

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Racial Disparities Persist in Stillbirth Rates

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

According to new data, the black stillbirth rate in Ohio is twice the white stillbirth rate.

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"I Felt the System Was Raping Me All Over Again": Senator McSally Reveals Sexual Assault in the Military

Monday, March 11, 2019

Republican Senator Martha McSally from Arizona shared her story of assault in the military. Reports show things have not changed much since her rape by a superior officer.

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Border Crossings Swell as Resources for Migrants Diminish

Thursday, March 07, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released new data on migrant crossings at the border, revealing a system overwhelmed by more unauthorized crossings than seen in over a decade.

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Medical Breakthrough Prompts Reflection for People Living with HIV

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

For only the second time since the AIDS epidemic began, a patient is in long-term remission from HIV. The Takeaway hears from two HIV-positive people for their perspective on the news.

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World Wildlife Fund Accused of Supporting Guards Who Torture and Murder

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

According to a new investigation, the World Wildlife Fund is funding guards in Africa and Asia who have committed gross human rights abuses, including torture and murder.

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Voices from Alabama: Working Through the Aftermath of a Deadly Storm

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

23 are confirmed dead after tornadoes struck Alabama on Sunday. The Takeaway hears from local leaders on how the community is working together in the aftermath of the storm.

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Deadly Tornadoes Sweep Through Alabama

Monday, March 04, 2019

At least 23 people have been killed by tornadoes that tore through Lee County, Alabama, on Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise.

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Oscar-Winning Documentary Tackles Global Stigma Surrounding Menstruation

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Oscar-winning documentary, "Period. End of Sentence," tells the story of what happened when a group of teens raised money to send a pad maker to a small village outside New Delhi.

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Oakland Teachers Strike Amid Longstanding Troubles in California Education System

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Despite recent efforts to redesign school funding in the state of California, strikes over the past year suggest that there’s a lot more work that needs to be done.

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Chicago Police Charge 'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett with Staging Assault

Thursday, February 21, 2019

On Wednesday, Jussie Smollett, the openly gay black actor known for his role in the TV series “Empire,” was charged with staging his own assault.

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Venezuela is Getting Ready for a Showdown Between Maduro and US-Backed Guaido

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Saturday, February 23rd makes a month since Guaido declared himself interim president and the opposition said it must bring aid into the country.

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Fewer Americans Have the Option to Learn a Foreign Language in School

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Fewer Americans are learning a foreign language in school. That could have major implication for our communities and the country.

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After Kaepernick's Collusion Settlement, What's Next for NFL Player Activism?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Last week, Colin Kaepernick settled a grievance with the NFL in which he alleged that NFL owners colluded to bar him from the league. Exact details of the settlement remain confidential.

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Uncertainty in Haiti Following Violent Protests Over Corruption

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Violent protests in Haiti have revealed the depth of discontent in the nation over corruption and economic conditions.

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"The Yardstick Has Shifted": The Joys of Being Over 40

Monday, February 18, 2019

Two women who've written about life over 40, and the surprising joys it can bring.

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The Next Chapter for the Mexican Drug War

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

El Chapo has been convicted. But will it matter for Mexico's drug war?

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Some Are Striking, Some Are Leaving: One Teacher on the State of His Profession Today

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Teachers are striking, and many are leaving the profession. One says teachers are recognizing their worth, even as the country continues to devalue them.

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Lawmakers Reach a Tentative Framework to Avert Another Shutdown

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

President Trump may not accept the deal, but it outlines a potential compromise only three weeks after furloughed federal employees returned to work. 

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"Undercover, in Darkness and in Secrecy": One Former Nun's Story of Abuse

Monday, February 11, 2019

One former nun shares her story of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, days after the Pope acknowledged that nuns, too, have been victimized.

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