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

The NAACP's Great Debate America is reviving the art of debate with some of the nation's leading institutions of higher learning. The Debate recently made a stop in Newark New Jersey for black history month, where Newark Public School children got to see and participate in a debate between Rutgers Newark and Harvard University inspiring a new generation of scholars.

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Essex County has launched a pilot program, one week after a woman was gunned down in Newark, that will help determine whether a domestic violence suspect is freed or remains in jail. The county assigned one judge to handle all domestic violence cases instead of letting other judges rule on the cases at random. The man suspected of killing 28 year old Tiffany Wilson was released twice on domestic violence charges pending trial.

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After 22 years under state intervention. It's day one of local control in the Newark public school district . 

Mayor Ras Baraka addressed students, faculty and the districts newly empowered school board at science park high school. Baraka says despite being under a two-year probationary period, Newark intends to keep control of its schools at all costs.

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With the looming federal government shutdown over immigration policies, the Trump administration ending low-level temporary work visas for Haitians, and President Donald Trump reported use of vulgar language when referring to Haiti and African nations. 

Officials and activists in and around New Jersey’s largest city are taking a stand against the Trump administrations list of ever growing anti-immigration policies.

“For the record all of us are immigrants, if he wants us to teach him history, we definitely will.”

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The Newark YMCA held its annual MLK day of service breakfast honoring the late Civil Rights leader.

Local and federal officials in attendance say Dr. King’s message continues to ring true to this day.

“We are one, and we have to fight this injustice and inequality so that everyone has an opportunity to succeed in life.”

Michael Bright president and CEO of the Newark YMCA, says Dr. King’s legacy needs to be kept alive now more than ever.

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After months of speculation, Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins officially launched her campaign today to unseat incumbent Mayor Ras Baraka. 

Chaneyfield-Jenkins first served on the city council from 1995 to 2006, and was re-elected on the 2014 Baraka ticket. The two former allies have since butted heads on a myriad of issues. Chaneyfield-Jenkins says she believes the city and its residents deserve more form their elected officials, and says the time is now.

This edition of Newark Today highlights some of the non-profit organizations and groups who provide essential community services during the holiday season. The panel of representatives of charitable organizations who serve the communities in and around New Jersey's largest city will discuss the needs in the community and the struggles they often face to fill those needs. Needs which are essential to promoting health and wellness, while providing for those who are most vulnerable during the holiday season and beyond.

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As the debate around Immigration continues to dominate headlines around the country and as the Trump administration continues to roll out stricter policies around the issue, Ellis Island, known as the gateway to America, is celebrating immigrants and their families at the annual Family Heritage awards where this years honorees include an NBA basketball legend, a prominent philanthropic family, and a television news anchor. 

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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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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Author and Educator Junius Williams, Essex County College Professor and Attorney Linda McDonald Carter, Essex County Sheriff Armondo Fontoura, and Educator and Interim Director of The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, join host NJTV's Michael Hill to discuss how the 1967 Newark Rebellion has impacted New Jersey's largest city. 

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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. 

Newark Today

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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