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Alex Ashlock

Producer, Director, WBUR

Before joining Here & Now in fall 2005, Alex served nearly eight years as senior producer of WBUR’s Morning Edition. He was in charge of the daily broadcast and also produced many of the interviews host Bob Oakes conducted in the studio or out in the field. You’ll still hear his occasional reports on WBUR newscasts.

Before joining the WBUR news team, Alex spent 15 years at WILL, the NPR station at the University of Illinois. He started there as a part-time newswriter and reporter during graduate school and eventually moved up to news director and finally program director.

Alex has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in journalism, both from the University of Illinois.

Recent stories

‘I Drive Your Truck’ Songwriter Now Drives Her Brother’s Truck

October 07, 2015
Paul Monti is pictured in May 2011 with his son Jared's truck. Jared Monti was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. (Anna Miller/Here & Now)

Like the real-life story that inspired her hit song, Connie Harrington now drives a pickup truck to remember a loved one who died.

For Medal Of Honor Recipients, It’s About What They Do – Not What They Did

September 17, 2015
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society‘s annual convention is in Boston this year. Pictured, the Medal of Honor awarded to Gary Wetzel, a soldier from Wisconsin who was honored for his actions in the Vietnam War. (John Bazemore/AP)

They’re not spending their time telling war stories. Instead, they’re promoting service and sacrifice to the public – especially students.

Medal Of Honor Recipients In Boston This Week For Annual Convention

September 16, 2015
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society‘s annual convention is in Boston this year. Pictured, the Medal of Honor awarded to Gary Wetzel, a soldier from Wisconsin who was honored for his actions in the Vietnam War. (John Bazemore/AP)

There are currently 78 living recipients of the nation’s highest military honor and convention organizers say more than three dozen of them will be part of the events in Boston this week.

Boston Marathon Registration Opens; Field Expected To Expand To 30K

September 14, 2015
Boston Marathon runners cross the Mass Pike overpass at mile 25 during the 2014 marathon. Registration for the 2016 marathon begins Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Runners hoping to compete in the 2016 Boston Marathon will likely spend some portion of their day poised at computers, as registration for next year’s marathon opens Monday morning.

With Flags And Flair, Pedro Martinez Is Inducted Into The Baseball Hall Of Fame

July 27, 2015
National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez dances as he is introduced during an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Mike Groll/AP)

Hundreds of fans chanted and waved the flag of the Dominican Republic, where the former Red Sox ace was born, as he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.

A Look At Pedro Martinez’s Legacy On Day He’s To Be Inducted To Baseball Hall Of Fame

July 26, 2015
National Baseball Hall of Fame electee Pedro Martinez reacts to cheering fans during an awards ceremony at Doubleday Field on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Mike Groll/AP)

Pedro Martinez was elected to the Hall of Fame the first time he was eligible, and Sunday he will be formally inducted.

John Adams Wanted Independence Day On July 2, Not July 4

July 03, 2015
Founding Father John Adams thought that America's independence day celebration should be on July 2, not July 4. July 2, 1776 was day the Continental Congress voted for independence. (Karsun Designs Photography/Flickr)

The Founding Father believed July 2, 1776, was the really the big day – the day the Continental Congress voted for independence.

Half Marathons Race To The Front

June 12, 2015
Runners take part in the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Vermont, on June 7, 2015. (Greta Kaemmer)

It’s fastest-growing distance for runners in the U.S. Why? Alex Ashlock reports from Vermont on the half marathon’s appeal.

San Diego Is A Military Town

June 05, 2015
The USS Midway sits in San Diego Harbor in San Diego, California. The ship was decomissioned after Operation Desert Storm in the 1990s, and now serves as a floating museum. (Al_HikesAZ/Flickr)

Alex Ashlock looks at the connection between the city and the military, which pumps billions of dollars into the area’s economy.

Father’s Love For Fallen Son Inspires Memorial Day Tradition

May 25, 2015
Operation Flags For Vets plants flags on every gravestone at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod. (Courtesy Casey Ashlock)

Volunteers join Paul Monti, whose son died while serving in Afghanistan, to plant flags at each gravestone.

Hundreds Of Volunteers Mark Memorial Day With Operation Flags For Vets

May 25, 2015
American flags mark the graves of veterans at Massachusetts National Cemetery during a past Operation Flags for Vets. (Casey Ashlock)

Operation Flags For Vets laid more than 60,000 flags at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod Saturday morning, one on each grave.

Veterans Reflect On Wars Then And Now As They Place Flags At Mass. National Cemetery

May 25, 2015
American flags mark the graves of veterans at Massachusetts National Cemetery during a past Operation Flags for Vets. (Casey Ashlock)

Veterans placed flags on graves at Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod over the weekend with memories of their own service, the sacrifice some of their friends made and their own thoughts on countering today’s threat.

Runners To Watch In The 119th Boston Marathon

April 19, 2015
American Meb Keflezighi, who won the 2014 Boston Marathon, is one of five former champions slated to race in Boston this April. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The Holy Grail for marathoners, the Boston Marathon will draw elite runners from around the world.

Marathon Director: Despite Rough Winter, We’re Race-Ready

April 18, 2015

It is marathon weekend in Boston. A field of 30,000 runners will participate in Monday’s 119th running of the race. WBUR’s Alex Ashlock spoke with longtime race director Dave McGillivray.

Boston Marks Second Anniversary Of The Marathon Bombings

April 15, 2015
Boston Marathon survivor Jane Richard, left, watches as her brother Henry removes a drape covering a memorial honoring victims and survivors at one of two blast sites near the finish line in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Today, the city will mark the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, raising banners to honor the victims and survivors as well as holding a moment of silence.

Run Like Meb: Training Tips From An Olympic Marathoner

April 07, 2015
Meb Keflezighi's new book is a guide for runners training for the marathon. He is the 2014 Boston marathon winner and an Olympian. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon last year, has written a book of advice on how to run, think and eat like a champion.

Meb Keflezighi, First American Male Winner In 31 Years, Set For Boston Marathon Return

April 07, 2015
Meb Keflezighi (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The 119th running of the Boston Marathon is less than two weeks away and everyone is looking forward to the return of the man who made history in last year’s race.

Boston Runners Endure ‘Worst Winter’ For Marathon Training

March 31, 2015
Runner Becca Pizzi, 34, trains along Heartbreak Hill in Newton, Mass., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Running 26.2 miles requires endurance, but 8 feet of snow and lots of treacherous black ice are testing this year's participants in frustrating new ways. Though the worst of the winter now seems past, there are only 50 days left until April 20, the 119th running of the venerable race. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The runners have had to be creative with their training, often relying on treadmills when it was too dangerous to run outside.

How March Became Mad

March 26, 2015
Dayton Flyers fans look on against the Boise State Broncos during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 18, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The NCAA men’s tournament started in 1939 but it was decades before it became the extravaganza it is today.

President Signs Military Suicide Prevention Bill

February 12, 2015
The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veteran Act is named for Clay Hunt, who struggled with post-traumatic stress after leaving the Marine Corps. He also tried to help other veterans but ultimately took his own life in 2011. He was 28. (IAVA)

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention For American Veterans Act is named for a Marine who struggled with PTSD.

My Marriage With Andre: Cindy Kleine’s Documentary

August 01, 2013
From "André Gregory: Before And After Dinner." (Courtesy, Cinema Guild)

Cindy Kleine’s documentary portrays André Gregory as husband (hers) and artist.

The One That Got Away: Revisiting The 1970 South Carolina Gamecocks

March 23, 2013
Bobby Cremins helped the 1970 South Carolina Gamecocks to the ACC Championship. (Courtesy of South Carolina Athletics media relations)

Back in 1970, the NCAA basketball tournament wasn’t even called the “Big Dance.” There were only 25 teams in the tourney and South Carolina wasn’t one of them, although everyone expected them to be. With help from former Gamecock Bobby Cremins, Only A Game’s Alex Ashlock relives the heartbreaking end of the Gamecocks’ season.

New Mass. Health Cost-Cutting Law Takes Effect Today

November 05, 2012
Stuart Altman of Brandeis

The new state health cost-cutting law goes into effect today.

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