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:
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the campaign for President of the United States. But it looks different than just a few weeks ago.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Host Tanzina Vega gives us an update from her home in Queens, New York, where she is on maternity leave.
Monday, March 23, 2020
A look at how sex workers are impacted by COVID-19.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
You might have missed what the Department of Justice did this week: they dropped charges against two Russian firms accused of funding efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Countries like Ethiopia, India, Angola, and South Africa have begun launching objects into space.
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Joe Biden had a dominant showing on Super Tuesday, meaning that the shape of the race for the Democratic nomination is finally coming into focus.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Two women who were abused shot the men abusing them. Self-defense laws aren't going to keep them from decades in prison.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Lisette Johnson was shot four times by her husband in 2009 and survived, and has since become an advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Monday, February 24, 2020
In the United States, domestic violence incidents involving guns are on the rise, and women are especially vulnerable.
Monday, February 17, 2020
Transportation has long been a staging ground for civil rights protests. And U.S. history is filled with the stories of those who stood up to discrimination on public transit.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Overdose-homicide arrests are on the rise. What does this mean for people caught up in addiction?
Monday, February 10, 2020
This taps into longstanding cultural expectations of black women and the black family, and the priority of upholding and defending black men.
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Rep. Steve Israel argues that Democrats should continue to expose Trump's misdeeds and focus on November.
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
The President avoided one major topic: impeachment.
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Radiolab's director of research Latif Nasser discovers that there's someone else who shares his unusual name: detainee 244 at Guantánamo Bay.
Monday, February 03, 2020
Around 1 out of 4 women will experience a miscarriage. The Takeaway takes an in-depth look at the impact it can have on women.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Presidential candidates have been using female pronouns to talk about the presidency. Turns out we may all be biased against the “she” pronoun in that context.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Each of the seven House managers will present different aspects of the case.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Only a quarter of Black Americans seek out care, compared with 40% of white people. And only about 4% of therapists are black.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Talking about money has historically been something of a taboo, especially for women. But that's starting to change.