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:

From Resilience to Resistance: The Toll of Hurricane Maria, Two Years Later

Thursday, September 19, 2019

This Friday marks two years since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico. 

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How are the Concerns of Asian Americans Being Considered Ahead of the 2020 Elections?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Andrew Yang and Kamala Harris have brought Asian American identity into a new national focus.

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Nationwide Efforts to Track Police Officers who Lie on the Job

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

In cities like Seattle, St. Louis, and Houston, newly elected prosecutors are building more expansive databases to track dishonest officers.

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Who Was the Mysterious Spy in Russia, Feeding Secrets to the CIA?

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The spy was removed by the CIA from Russia in 2017.

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How States Are Holding Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors Accountable

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.

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The Backlash Against Jay-Z's Partnership with the NFL

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.

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The Racial Divide of Breastfeeding in the U.S.

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. 

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What Does Justice Look Like for Jeffrey Epstein's Victims Now?

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.

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'The People Have Spoken': Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Resigns

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The historic protests on the island have shaken the political establishment on the island.

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U.S. Government Hospitals Put Native Americans at Particular Risk for Opioid Use

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.

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Two Voices from the Puerto Rican Diaspora Talk About the Crisis on the Island

Thursday, July 18, 2019

As protests break out on the island, we hear from Puerto Ricans on the mainland.

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Black Lives Matter: The State of Activism Five Years After Eric Garner's Death

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.

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Trump Administration Makes Dramatic Change to U.S. Asylum Policy

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.

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France Moves to Impose a "Digital Tax" on Big U.S. Tech

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.

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Farai Chideya on the Broken Adoption System in the U.S.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The journalist and author has had three adoptions fall through.

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Even With Insurance, the Cost of Health Care Remains a Crushing Burden

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Meanwhile, a US Circuit Court of Appeals is once again hearing arguments on the fate of Obamacare.

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Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's Powerful Allies

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. 

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Alaska's Governor Slashes Funding to Universities

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Alaska’s Republican governor has cut nearly 41 percent of the state’s higher education operating budget.

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What Does Responsible Tourism Look Like?

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. 

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Songs of Summer

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Listeners share their favorite summer anthems for 2019.