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:

Blast Rocks Beirut on Tuesday Amid Mounting Tensions and Economic Turmoil

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

At least 100 people were killed and thousands injured; hospitals were overwhelmed.

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How to Avoid a Big Bill for a COVID-19 Test That Should Be Free

Monday, August 03, 2020

When tests should be free, why are some people getting big bills? One expert explains the loopholes in the congressional mandates, and how to make sure you avoid them.

The Future of Policing in America

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Takeaway recently convened five voices—across law enforcement, advocacy, academia—and asked them to come together to talk about the way forward.

Tension Between the CDC and White House

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Trump administration has continued to sidestep the CDC and tensions have reached a fever pitch.

Reckoning with Race in Public Media

Thursday, July 09, 2020

In the midst of a nationwide push for racial justice, public media is having a reckoning of its own.

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Puerto Rico's Domestic Violence Epidemic is Only Getting Worse

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

As millions around the world face increased rates of domestic abuse amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Puerto Rico, the pandemic of violence against women goes back for years.

"Unacceptable": Rep. Deb Haaland on the Federal Response to COVID-19 in Tribal Communities

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Representative Haaland, one of the first two Native American congresswomen, talks to The Takeaway about COVID-19 in Indigenous communities in New Mexico.

In Texas, a New Surge of COVID-19 Cases

Monday, June 29, 2020

Texas was hurrying to get back to normal. Then, new confirmed cases of COVID-19 exploded.

Judge Sets July 17th Deadline for ICE to Release Migrant Children from Detention

Monday, June 29, 2020

On Friday, a U.S. district court judge in California ordered ICE to release migrant children who have been detained by the agency for longer than 20 days by July 17th.

Abdul Ali: How Therapy Helped Me Understand My Complicated Relationship with My Father

Monday, June 22, 2020

Writer Abdul Ali shares how therapy has helped him work through his relationship with his dad.

Listeners Tell Us: Creating Joy in This Moment

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

What small things are you doing to create joy in this moment?

Calls for Financial Transparency Grow as Money Pours Into Racial Justice Organizations

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

People have been donating to racial justice organizations as calls to give to these causes continue online. But not everyone eagerly donating may know exactly where that money is going.

GBI: The Agency Investigating Police-Involved Killings in Georgia

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks. The agency has a complicated history in Georgia.

"I'm Not OK": Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama on Racism and Sickness in Her State

Monday, June 15, 2020

Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama says it's time for her state to stop celebrating Confederate leaders, and to really hear its Black constituents.

How Do We Mourn as a Nation?

Monday, June 01, 2020

President Trump has yet to suggest any kind of official collective grieving or day of remembrance. 

What to Read for a Great Escape This Summer

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

With travel plans foiled for the summer because of COVID-19, many of us will be turning to novels for an escape. Vox's Constance Grady joins The Takeaway with her recommendations. 

How We Remember Those We've Lost

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Takeaway, along with Death, Sex & Money, asked for listener memories and stories about the people they’ve lost during the COVID-19 crisis.

Understanding New Zealand's Effective COVID-19 Response

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New Zealand has been heralded as a success story in how it's handled COVID-19, but its success is hard to replicate elsewhere.

The Loved Ones Supporting Essential Workers

Monday, May 18, 2020

As essential workers continue to keep us all going, we hear from a few people who are supporting them.

Kids Tell Us: What's Hard and What's Great About Being Home So Much

Thursday, May 07, 2020

We heard from kids around the country, and there was a resounding theme: they miss their friends.