Alexandra Botti

Takeaway Senior Producer

Alexandra Botti is the interim 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). 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:

The Juggle: Health in Your 40s

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Takeaway is tackling life your 40s and what makes this decade so unique. Next up: health.

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The Juggle: Working In Your 40s

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Takeaway is tackling life your 40s and what makes this decade so unique. Next up: work.

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The Juggle: Money In Your 40s

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Takeaway is tackling life your 40s and what makes this decade so unique. First up: money.

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Rachel Dratch Talks "Wine Country," Female Friendship...and Fortune Tellers

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

We sit down with 'SNL' alum Rachel Dratch to talk about her life in comedy, her new film, and the longtime female friendships that have sustained her.

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Checking the Checks and Balances

Thursday, May 09, 2019

As the fight between House Democrats and the White House continues to escalate, are the checks and balances between the branches of the government working? 

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Researching the Risks of Donating Human Eggs

Monday, May 06, 2019

Becoming an egg donor can mean big bucks. But the physical risks to the donor are not well understood. 

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AG William Barr Refuses to Testify Before House Panel

Thursday, May 02, 2019

After testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr is refusing to testify before the House on Thursday.

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Undocumented Workers Allege Exploitation at Trump Golf Course

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Undocumented workers at Trump’s country club in Westchester, New York say they were told to perform unpaid labor, according to new reporting out from The Washington Post.

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Who Gets to Make a Living as an Artist?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The more affluent a person's family is, the greater chance they have of landing a career in the arts.

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The Debate Over Felon Disenfranchisement

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The debate over felon disenfranchisement is playing out across the country, where a patchwork map of state laws means things look different in Maine than they do in Iowa or in Wisconsin.

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The Big Cases Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Cases against drug distributors for their role in the opioid crisis join a growing number of cases looking to hold companies accountable.

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Congressman Jamie Raskin: Immediate Thoughts on Redacted Mueller Report

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Democrat from Maryland joins us to discuss his immediate thoughts.

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Measles Cases Continue to Grow. Here's How We Got Here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Public health, freedom of religion and politics converge in the history of fighting over vaccinations. 

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The Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: What it Means for France and the World

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The world watched as the devastating fire engulfed the cathedral on Monday. But the pain of its damage goes well beyond Paris.

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More 2020 Democratic Candidates Release Tax Returns

Monday, April 15, 2019

Democratic hopefuls have been scrambling to demonstrate transparency early in the election cycle by releasing their tax returns. President Trump still won't.

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The U.S. Label Iran's IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

On Monday, the United States government made an unprecedented move against Iran.

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Kirstjen Nielsen is Out as Homeland Security Secretary

Monday, April 08, 2019

Nielsen’s time in that role has been rocky.

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Making Arab American Theater

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Muslim and Arab American theater are having a moment. But the communities at the hearts of these shows fear they will only garner attention if they are about that identity.

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The Death of the Lyell Glacier

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Yosemite National Park's Lyell Glacier is dying. Writer Dan Duane joined Yosemite geologist Greg Stock in a hike up to the glacier, which is now a fraction of its original size.

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Making Reparations Work in America

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

2020 candidates are speaking up about reparations. But this debate goes far beyond being a political talking point.

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