Alex is WBEZ's political reporter. His radio work has won him awards from the Illinois and Iowa Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. He was named Best Newswriter by the Illinois AP in 2011. His work has appeared on several nationally syndicated public radio shows. He's also written for The Associated Press, Politics Daily and other publications, and he relishes his time as a substitute host at WBEZ.
Alex got his start in journalism at WVIK-FM in Rock Island, Ill., as a reporter and anchor, and he has also worked with Capitol News Connection covering Congress in Washington, D.C. He has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and he studied fiction writing at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
Alex grew up in Roselle, Ill., and is the proud son of longtime Chicago radio newsman Barry Keefe, who taught him everything he knows about the family business. Alex and his wife live in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, where they can often be found playing fetch with their mutt, Sallie.You can follow Alex on Twitter and Google+.