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:

Why They Speak Out: What Sexual Assault Survivors Risk When Going Public

Friday, September 21, 2018

In light of the sexual assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh, Jennie Willoughby, ex-wife of Rob Porter, explains why she came forward with abuse allegations against her ex-husband. 

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Can There Be Redemption for the Accused in the #MeToo Movement?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, one rabbi explains what the Jewish faith can teach men trying to redeem themselves following allegations of sexual misconduct.

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As Detroit Schools Shut Down Water Over Lead Concerns, Contamination Points to a National Crisis

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Days before Detroit's public schools opened for the school year, drinking water was shut off district-wide when test results showed elevated lead and copper levels.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Support Diversity in Higher Education, Oppose Affirmative Action

Monday, September 17, 2018

A new survey finds that the majority of Americans disagree with the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold affirmative action. But most still say that they value diversity on college campuses.

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Cops Carrying Tasers in Schools: Do They Help or Harm Kids?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A new HuffPost investigation highlights violence perpetrated by police officers stationed in schools, with at least 120 students being tasered by school police in recent years.

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How Ankle Monitors May Not Be an Alternative to Incarceration

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Electronic monitoring devices are a worrying trend for America's already broken criminal justice system.

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For American Muslims, 9/11 Shaped Careers, Politics, and Identity

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The attacks on the Twin Towers forced American Muslims to confront from within their relationships to the broader American community.

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Dramatic Increase in Social Media Use by Teens

Monday, September 10, 2018

The percentage of teenagers who use social media frequently has almost doubled in the last six years, a new study finds.

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The Supreme Court and the Cultural Battle Within America's Public Schools

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

In a new book, law professor Justin Driver argues that the Supreme Court has failed to protect the constitutional rights of public school students since the 1970s.

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Why Don't More Americans Vote?

Monday, September 03, 2018

A breakdown of voter turnout, disenfranchisement, and apathy across the country. 

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The Troubling Emergency Response Failures After Hurricane Harvey

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A year after Hurricane Harvey, a new investigation explores how failures in emergency response systems in Texas and human error led to tragedy.

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Church Official Says Popes Francis, Benedict Knew of Sex Abuse Allegations Against McCar­rick

Monday, August 27, 2018

Church official says Popes Francis and Benedict knew of sex abuse allegations against Theodore McCar­rick.

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Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Senator John McCain

Monday, August 27, 2018

Remembering the life and career of Senator John McCain, who died on Saturday at the age of 81.

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Politics with Amy Walter: Health Care and the Midterms

Friday, August 24, 2018

The importance of health care cuts across party lines. How are Dems and Republicans talking about this issue ahead of the midterms? 

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How Inadequate Prison Care Fuels the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Monday, August 20, 2018

A look at how a failure to treat those struggling with drug addiction in prisons is contributing to the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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Mounting Anger Over Sexual Violence in South Africa

Thursday, August 16, 2018

South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. Protests erupted there after a 23-year-old rape victim killed herself on August 3rd.

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Nebraska Becomes the First State to Use Fentanyl in an Execution

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nebraska executes 60-year-old convicted murderer Carey Dean Moore, becoming the first state to use the synthetic opioid fentanyl to put someone to death.

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West Virginia Lawmakers Vote to Impeach the Entire State Supreme Court

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

After months of scandal over wasteful spending, West Virginia lawmakers have voted to impeach each of the four remaining members of the State Supreme Court.

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Granny Dispatch: The Caravan of Grannies Journey to the Border

Monday, August 06, 2018

One of the hundreds of grandmothers who make up Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden sends us dispatches from the road, as the group protests immigration policies.

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Trying to Fill the Mental Health Care Gap in Chicago

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The mental health care system in Chicago has been devastated. Some groups are trying to pick up the pieces.

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