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
Mayoral Forum: Ja’Mal Green, Alderman Roderick Sawyer
Questions posed to the candidates came directly from Chicago voters.
Mayoral Forum: Lightfoot, Garcia, Vallas, Buckner, King
Five of the nine candidates answered questions from the public about crime, transportation and education.
Crime, housing and the CTA are among your top issues for Chicago’s next mayor
Neighborhood development, education equity and making Chicago more affordable were other top concerns from more than 1,700 responses in our People’s Agenda survey.
Got ideas for how Chicago can become a better city? Tell the next mayor.
We’re collecting your questions for Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson ahead of our upcoming candidates’ forum on March 30.
Familias de Chicago, aquí encontrarán recursos sobre salud mental infantil
Aprenda cómo ayudar a sus hijas e hijos a mantenerse felices, saludables y listos para aprender en este año escolar. Además, aquí encontrará enlaces a recursos gratuitos y dónde obtener terapia infantil en Chicago.
Listen to Prisoncast, a two-hour special broadcast for people inside Illinois prisons
We asked: What is a sound from outside prison walls that you’d like to hear? Tune in this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. on WBEZ 91.5 FM.
A parents’ guide to finding therapy and mental health services for kids in Chicago
Free and lower-cost options are out there. Plus, helpful resources for understanding the emotional health of your child.
Prisoncast: Listen to a special radio event on Aug. 28th for people in Illinois prisons!
Listen live at 2pm CT on Aug. 28th, when WBEZ is partnering with Illinois Public Radio stations across the state on a special radio event to serve people inside and their loved ones outside!
Community Conversation: Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic
WBEZ and Illinois Latino News want your questions and comments as we approach the 2-year anniversary of the pandemic.
A City Hall veteran will lead the Chicago Park District amid fallout from a sex abuse scandal
Rosa Escareno, who served under three mayors, takes over as the agency’s interim leader. It’s still grappling with widespread allegations of sexual misconduct among lifeguards.