He first started at WBEZ in 2010 as a producer on Morning Edition, and later worked his way up to the politics beat. As a reporter, he had a particular interest in covering municipal finance, the state and city pension crises, and the debates over LGBT rights and gun rights. His 2014 series on the “Dark Arts of Politics” was recognized with awards from the Press Club of Atlantic City, the Society of Professional Journalists, PRNDI, the RTNDA and the Illinois Associated Press. He’s also twice been named Best Newswriter by the Illinois AP, in 2011 and 2013.
Starting in late 2014, Alex was the local All Things Considered host at Vermont Public Radio, where he also launched a people-powered journalism podcast called Brave Little State.
Stories by Alex Keefe
Plan your big wedding. Renew your gym membership. And gather your friends for that big Chicago bar crawl — as long as everyone’s fully vaccinated.
Federal regulators found the one-shot vaccine is safe for people 18 and over. They’d recommended a “pause” on using it after some patients developed rare blood clots.
Federal prosecutors say the alleged racist comment is relevant to demonstrating how he abused his official power to drum up private legal work.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Urges Calm As City Prepares To Release Videos Of CPD Shooting A 13-Year-Old Boy
“This is not something you want children to see,” the mayor said hours before the expected release of the highly-anticipated videos.
Díganos lo que quiere saber sobre las vacunas COVID-19 en Chicago. Usaremos sus respuestas para informar a nuestro periodismo.
Tell us what you want to know about COVID-19 vaccines and how they’re being distributed in Chicago. We’ll use your responses to help drive our journalism.
More than half of the 16,000 death cases handled by the office last year were due to COVID-19.
More than 4 million homes and businesses – 70% of Illinois’ population – have already paid the price for ComEd’s bribery scandal. WBEZ Political Editor Alex Keefe analyzes how this public corruption scheme has affected your wallet.
The new advisory takes effect in Chicago Monday morning, and only requests residents limit their time outside of the house. But the governor is threatening a shut down soon.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered bars to suspend indoor service and nonessential businesses to close by 10 p.m. as COVID-19 case counts rise above 640 a day.