A sampling of Alex’s radio work


Harper High, This American Life

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We spend five months at a high school on Chicago’s South Side. The school is reeling from a year of terrible violence – eight current and former students have been murdered -- and it’s now trying to right itself.

Co-reported with Ben Calhoun and Linda Lutton

Winner of a Peabody, a Columbia duPont and the Third Coast Festival Award for Best Documentary

Exodus of One, This American Life

Georgia was smuggled into this country at the age of three, spent six months in detention and then sent back to her family in Jamaica. Four years later, we return to Jamaica to find out what happened to her.

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In Country, In City, This American Life

A veteran from Afghanistan and a young man from a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood tell us what they’ve experienced. It’s eerily similar.

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With Great Power, This American Life

After decades of silence, a woman makes amends.

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Water Bed, This American Life

Louann Mims, a 78-year-old retiree, is caught in the floodwaters of Katrina, and survives by staying put on her floating mattress for eight days.

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Mike and Victor: A Family Story


The story of how one family is made and then remade.

Produced with Amy Drozdowska

Winner of the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and a National Edward R. Murrow Award
Originally aired on WBEZ


Stories of Love, Money and Home — in the first person


These are a series of first-person stories about the things that matter to us. They were collected over the course of three years. Here is a sampling of those stories. 

Produced with Amy Drozdowska.

Winner of a Peabody
Originally aired on WBEZ