Alexandra Hill

Afternoon News Anchor and Reporter

Alexandra Hill began her work with WBGO in June of 2012 in the news department. A graduate of the Rutgers Newark journalism program, Alexandra was also a student of WBGO News Director Doug Doyle. Alexandra has since become the lead general assignment reporter, afternoon news anchor, and producer of the award winning live call in show Newark Today. Since working for WBGO Alexandra has covered politics in and around Newark including the 2014 mayoral campaign of Mayor Ras Baraka as well as the senate campaigns of former Newark Mayor and now U.S. Senator Cory Booker in both 2013 and 2014. Alexandra also covers a host of human-interest stories, and has been recognized by the New York Association Of Black Journalists for her piece entitled Sheltering Newark’s Homeless.

Other awards include the 2013 PRNDI (Public Radio National Directors Incorporated) Award for best ongoing team coverage of breaking news, The Death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, as well as recognition by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, for her ongoing coverage of the Newark Public School District.

Prior to her time at WBGO Alexandra lived in Los Angeles for five years where she worked in Public Relations.

Alexandra was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada. Alexandra’s family spent time traveling the world during her early childhood years and lived in Lagos, Nigeria before settling in Newark, New Jersey. Alexandra’s passions include community service and is a strong supporter of The Grassroots Community Foundation, a community health and social action organization that advocates for women and girls, particularly those who are impoverished. Alexandra is also a mother of two daughters- Brianna, and aspiring artist Jayla, whose work can be seen throughout the WBGO offices particularly on the door of Morning Jazz host Gary Walker’s office.

Ways to Connect

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After months of debate and contentious city council meetings over how to keep housing affordable for residents in New Jersey’s largest city, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka today signed two groundbreaking affordable housing ordinances. The “Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing” ordinance requires developers to set aside 20 percent of their residential units for affordable housing in projects consisting of 30 or more units. Baraka says for the city of Newark the timing is right.

Saturday October 7th Newark's Bethany Baptist Church presents A Tale of Two Cities, a retrospective two of the nation's largest and most culturally rich cities, Newark New Jersey and New Orleans Louisiana, with Mayor Ras Baraka, and former New Orleans Mayor Marc. H. Morial.  WBGO's Alexandra Hill chats with event Producer and former Executive Director of The New Orleans Music and Entertainment Commission, Jackie Harris, about what makes Newark and New Orleans so similar, and bringing these two leaders together. 

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New Jersey’s Senior Senator Bob Menendez is heading back to Washington D. C. after wrapping up the third week of his corruption trial. Menendez spoke briefly to reporters outside the federal courthouse in downtown Newark today, and says the crisis in Puerto Rico is one of his top priorities. Menendez says  if he had to give the Trump administration a grade on their response to the island Menendez says, they would get a big fat D.

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8 year old Deion Searles is a third grader at Camden Street School in Newark’s central ward, one of seven schools in the district to receive a share of the 250 brand new instruments donated through the VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. At Camden Street School, students in grades K-4 will now be able to learn to play the violin.

“I never ever, ever, ever used a real guitar or a violin or a tuba, nothing like tat. It feels one hundred percent good, and plus I’m really really, really, really, really excited.”

September is hunger action month, a national initiative urging the public to take action against hunger, and the Garden State's largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization, is partnering with WBGO during this fall fund drive to do just that. WBGO's Alexandra Hill recently caught up with Karen Leies, Vice President of Development for The Community Foodbank of New Jersey, to find out how your pledge can help feed families through it's Family Pack Program. 

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WBGO's Alexandra Hill chats with tap master and NJPAC Dance Advisor Savion Glover talks about his latest project, an original song-and-dance piece that salutes the genius of jazz icon John Coltrane, starring 40 kids representing his home city of Newark, his love of jazz, and what's next for the dance phenom. 

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Alzheimer’s New Jersey kicks off its “Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s” events this fall in Ocean, Hudson, Mercer and Bergen Counties. The walks are the largest events for the organization to raise awareness and fund its local programs that provide support for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. WBGO's Alexandra Hill recently sat down with Vice President of Development and Marketing Julie  Schuldner and this year’s Walk to Fight ambassador Giselle Bellas  to hear about what it’s like to care for a loved one living with the most common form of dementia. 

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As the debate over the removal of confederate monuments continues  across the country following the violent race riots in Charlottesville Virginia earlier this month. WBGO’s Alexandra Hill recently visited Monmouth Battlefield State Park to talk with military historian Dr. David Martin about New Jersey’s ties to the confederacy and how the removal of confederate monuments could affect American history.

 

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Thinking about Catching a Devils game at the Prudential Center, and then heading to the Ironbound for a Brazilian burger, or even exploring the breathtaking architecture of the Cathedral Basilica of The Sacred Heart, these are just a few of the things in a new comprehensive guide to New Jersey's largest city titled, 100 Things To Do In Newark Before You Die, and WBGO's Alexandra Hill recently caught up to the books author Lauren Craig to talk all things Newark.

 

New Community Corporation

 After the civil unrest in the summer of 1967, Newark’s public housing outlook was bleak…it was at that time that New Community Corporation was founded by Monsignor William Linder with hopes of creating affordable housing. Hear Linder recall the days following that summer of 1967.

 

Monsignor Linder’s new memoir is titled Out of The Ashes Came Hope. 

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Kenneth Gibson was elected the first African-American Mayor of the city of Newark in 1970, just 3 years after the Newark Rebellion, inheriting a city that was still recovering from the events of the summer of 1967, a job most politicians may have shied away from but for Gibson the timing was just right. Hear his story in his own words. 

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As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Newark Rebellion we take a look back at what led up to the incident that would become a defining moment for the city and what has changed since those hot summer days in July of 1967.

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Fifty years after Newark erupted in response to police treatment of an African-American resident, the city still lives with the aftermath.


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The campaign to close one of New Jersey’s most infamous juvenile detention centers was marked with a rally earlier this week, outside the gateway to a facility that many say is the beginning of the state’s school to prison pipeline.

"It’s pretty much like a house of horrors, from the abuse from the guards, to the lack of medical attention, to the lack of educational programming, it was literally hell on earth.”

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City officials in Newark, along with a parade of corporate partners, launched a new initiative at city hall today in an effort to drastically reduce the city’s unemployment rate. Mayor Ras Baraka says the Hire Buy Live Newark partnership extends beyond city government to involve Newark's colleges and universities, hospitals, and numerous corporations to create training and job opportunities for more than 2000 residents by the year 2020.

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On this month's edition of Newark Today Mayor Ras Baraka talks summer in the city, the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Newark Rebellion, and announces his bid for re-eelection. 

  

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The city of Newark recently celebrated it’s third class of Hire Newark graduates. The unique job readiness program, in partnership with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health, that is giving unemployed residents a fresh outlook on life.

“We are so immeasurably different than people think we are by just looking at us.”

Fatima Hargrove is one of 20 graduates of Hire Newark, an employment boot camp and job readiness program that helps chronically unemployed residents re-enter the workforce.

Next weekend the Tony Awards will be celebrating Broadway, but according to theater critic Michael Bourne, not all of the best shows were nominated.

Whatever the jury, at the 70th  Cannes Film Festival, decided were the films worthy of its top prizes, the festival, which concluded this past week, seemed like a cinematic scrum between the past present and future tenses of storytelling our film critic Harlan Jacobson reports from Cannes. 

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May 25, 2017
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On this month's edition of Newark Today, on the heels of the opening of the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center, we discuss domestic violence in New Jersey's largest city and what's being done to address the issue. We are joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, and domestic volence counselor and founder of Purple R.E.I.G.N. Asia D. Smith. 

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The city of Newark recently celebrated the opening of the Shani Baraka Women’s resource center for women in crisis, to provide emergency services for women affected by domestic violence. The center has a personal connection to both the city itself and its mayor.

“You never think your going to be that person you never think your going to be that woman.”

28-year-old Newark native Christina Bright is a domestic violence survivor, she says she hopes the center will be able to reach those women who are often afraid or even ashamed to go out and get the help they need.

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Chaka Khan is one of the most recognizable names and voices in music history. The Queen of Funk is opening up about her unprecedented career her connection to jazz, her dedication to philanthropy, and her upcoming Mother's Day benefit show.   

Khan has had an eventful and storied career, going back to the early 1970s, when she was front-woman for the funk band Rufus. But before all of that, there was jazz.

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The Newark Police Department is rolling out its body and dash cam pilot program, as the embattled department continues to implement reforms as part of its five-year federal consent decree.

Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose says 80 body worn cameras and 15 dashboard cameras, donated by Newark based tech giant Panasonic, will be outfitted to officers in the city’s south ward beginning Monday.

Newark Today

Apr 20, 2017

On this edition of Newark Today we talk policing and federal consent decrees in New Jersey's largest city with Mayor Ras J. Baraka, activist and leader of The People's Organization For Progress Larry Hamm, and former U. S. District Attorney for the state of New Jersey Paul Fishman. 

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New Jersey’s senior US Senator is calling on the Committee on Foreign Investment to review a potential majority Russian stake in one the country’s ten largest oil companies.

Senator Bob Menendez says the Venezuelan owned oil company Citgo is currently at risk of a Russian takeover. Its all due to the economic crisis in the country which could result in a default on its debt to Russia, leaving the oil giant, which owns 48 petroleum terminals in 20 states and nearly nine U.S. based oil pipelines, under Russian control.

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In the wake of the numerous deaths of young black men at the hands of police, the rise of the black lives matter movement, and the mass incarceration epidemic, tensions have been at an all time high in recent years. A new program being launched in the city of Newark is working to change all that. The All Star Project’s Cops and Kids program is working to break the stereotypes that often lead to tension between young people and the police.

“Their cousins, their family members, fathers have been locked up before so it makes them have that negative outlook.”

Many jazz purists may not see the genre of hip-hop music as a viable artform, but one female lyricist may change all that. Grammy nominated platinum selling rapstress Rah Digga says if it wasn’t for her roots in hip hop she may have never discovered jazz.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka delivered his third annual State Of The City address earlier this week. Baraka focused his speech on changing perceptions about New Jersey’s largest city, as a city plagued by violence and poverty, to a place of growth and innovation.

Newark Today

Mar 17, 2017

On this months edition of Newark Today we are joined by Mayor Ras Baraka and Archange Antoine, Executive Director of immigrant advocacy group Faith in NJ, to talk about the debate over immigration and how it is affecting sanctuary cities like Newark. 

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Nearly 40 troubled youth from Newark and the surrounding areas recently took part in the National Day of Empathy, an initiative devoted to creating empathy for those affected by incarceration. One particular workshop allowed them to express their feelings about their experiences within the juvenile justice system through art. It's all part of a partnership with The New Jersey Insitute for Social Justice, Youthbuild Newark, My Brother's Keeper, and Yendor Productions. 

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