Amy L. Alexander

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Amy L. Alexander
Born (1963-05-04) May 4, 1963 (age 51)
San Francisco, California, United States
Alma mater San Francisco State University
Occupation Journalist, author, columnist
Website
http://amyalexanderink.com/

Amy L. Alexander (born May 4, 1963) is an American journalist. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, NPR, The Root (magazine), and The Nation. She is the author of four nonfiction books.

Life and education[edit]

Alexander was born in San Francisco, California.[1] Alexander attended San Francisco State University, where she received a B.A. in Magazine Journalism.[2] She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and has two children.

Journalism career[edit]

After graduating, Alexander began her career as a campus correspondent at the San Francisco Examiner in 1988, and began a full-time staff position there in 1989.[3] After the Examiner, Alexander continued on to write for the Fresno Bee,[4] where she helped cover the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. From the Fresno Bee, Alexander moved on to write for the Miami Herald for almost four years, covering ethnic groups in South Florida. Alexander has contributed her writing to The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. Alexander was also a media columnist at Africana.com,[5] which later changed to AOL BlackVoices.com. Alexander has also been a commentator on NPR, as well as an associate producer for NPR's Tell Me More, with Michel Martin.

Awards, Honors: In May 2012, Alexander was named Alumna of the Year by the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University. In 2008, Alexander was The Alfred Knobler Journalism Fellow The Nation Institute[6] and wrote articles and columns for The Nation (magazine). In 2001, she received the Survivor Award from The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Currently, Alexander is Publisher of Amy Alexander Community Forum.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention (Beacon Press, 2011)[1]
  • Fifty Black Women Who Changed America (Kensington Books, 2003)
  • Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans, with Alvin F. Poussaint (Beacon Press, 2001)
  • The Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan (Grove Press, 1998)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Amy L. (2011). Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention. Beacon Press. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-8070-6100-8. 
  2. ^ Alexander. Uncovering Race. p. xii. 
  3. ^ Alexander. Uncovering Race. p. 3. 
  4. ^ Alexander, Amy L., "The Toll and Rewards of Conflict Journalism", Beacon Broadside, retrieved 7 October 2011 
  5. ^ Alexander, Amy L., "The Toll and Rewards of Conflict Journalism", Beacon Broadside, retrieved 7 October 2011 
  6. ^ "Amy Alexander at NYU Bookstore - Nation Institute - Nation Institute". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 

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