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:

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.

How Social Distancing is Exacerbating Feelings of Loneliness for Elderly Americans

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

For many elderly people living in long-term care facilities or on their own, social distancing rules are likely leading to increased feelings of loneliness. 

Why COVID-19 is So Deadly in Long-Term Care Facilities

Monday, May 04, 2020

More than 16,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have died in the U.S. of COVID-19.

Becoming a Mother During a Pandemic

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Takeaway host Tanzina Vega is home with her newborn. Guest host Lizzie O'Leary is 30 weeks pregnant. They talk about beginning motherhood at this remarkable moment.

How Big Tech is Thriving During COVID-19

Thursday, April 30, 2020

While most financial sectors have been devastated by COVID-19, big tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft are weathering the storm pretty well.

Remembering Richard Hake: Longtime WNYC Host, Colleague and Friend

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

On Friday, the Takeaway and WNYC family lost a friend and beloved co-worker, Richard Hake. He died in his home at age 51.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor on her Approach to Flattening the Curve

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

One of the hardest-hit states, Florida had a delayed response in issuing a statewide stay-at-home order. 

"The Quietest Earth Day That I Have Had in Fifty Years": Earth Day Turns Fifty at a Strange Time

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day began as an environmental teach-in half a century ago in 1970. Every year since, it has adapted according to what's happening in the world.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed Discusses the City's Response to COVID-19

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We spoke with the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, about the tough choices ahead.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Addresses Racial Disparities in her City's COVID-19 Outbreak

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins The Takeaway to discuss racial disparities in her city's coronavirus cases and how her government is responding.

How COVID-19 Could Impact the Treatment of Other Diseases Worldwide

Monday, April 20, 2020

As countries direct their resources to COVID-19, many experts worry that other health initiatives will fall behind.


Frustrations Mount as Cuomo and De Blasio Publicly Disagree Over NYC School Closures

Thursday, April 16, 2020

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his city's school system would remain closed for the rest of the academic year, reopening a feud with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Recovering from COVID-19: What Comes After?

Monday, April 13, 2020

As thousands of people around the world continue to get sick from COVID-19, many are recovering. And questions remain about what happens to the human body after recovery.

Governor Murphy on COVID-19 in New Jersey

Thursday, April 09, 2020

The Takeaway speaks to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy about how COVID-19 is playing out in his state. 

"In a Strange Way It's More Intimate": Recovery from Addiction During COVID-19

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

People in recovery from addiction have seen their support systems, including meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous, disappear or change.

Listeners Tell Us: Housing Costs Hit Hard During COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, April 06, 2020

We asked listeners if COVID-19 was affecting their ability to pay for housing, and where they are turning for help.


What Coronavirus Means for Abortion Access

Monday, March 30, 2020

Some states like Texas and Ohio are now using the call to halt elective procedures to target abortion access.