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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

On Marathon Anniversary, Power Of Community Celebrated

April 16, 2014
Tribute at the Hynes Convention Center. (The Tribute Committee)

BOSTON — So many lives broke apart that day. But so many lives have also been put back together.

On Bombing Anniversary, Runners Look To ‘Close That Past And Start Again’

April 15, 2014
A crowd gathered at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Saturday morning for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot before the one-year anniversary of the bombings. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

BOSTON — It will be a day of mixed emotions for runners, who are anxious to run the Boston Marathon on Monday but also filled with the horrible memories of last year.

Boston Marathon: A Race Steeped In History

April 10, 2014

BOSTON — There were only 18 participants in the first Boston Marathon. This year, there will be 36,000 running in the footsteps of more than 100 years of marathon history that started with a race in Athens on April 10, 1896.

Looking At The Legacy Of Kurt Cobain

April 03, 2014
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, November 18, 1993. On the 20 year anniversary of Cobain's death and with Nirvana about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we look back on Cobain's lasting legacy. (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

It’s been 20 years since the Nirvana frontman committed suicide. Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross joins us to look at his legacy.

Remembering The Centralia Mine Disaster

March 25, 2014

On this day in 1947, a coal mine in Centralia, Ill., exploded, killing 111 miners. We take a look back at how the disaster affected the community.

It’s Reunion Day For Soldier And His Dog

March 21, 2014
Army Specialist Nate Korpusik and his Tactical Explosive Detecting Dog, Zino. Together they conducted patrols in Afghanistan for IEDs and other weapons. They are being reunited today. (Nate Korpusik)

Army Specialist Nate Korpusik will be reunited with Zino, a German Shepherd he served with in Afghanistan. They would do patrols together for IEDs and other weapons.

Lost Work By Jack Kerouac Finally Published

March 12, 2014
Merrimack River in Lowell, Jack Kerouac's hometown. (Casey Ashlock)

Alex Ashlock went to Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Mass., to find out more about “The Haunted Life.”

March Madness Sadness: A Look Back On The 1970 Season

March 07, 2014
Bobby Cremins told Here & Now's Alex Ashlock, "We could have really done something special for coach McGuire, for the city of Columbia, for South Carolina. We really had something really really special going on." (Courtesy of South Carolina Athletics media relations)

Forty-four years ago tonight, North Carolina State beat South Carolina in the ACC men’s college basketball tournament.

Historian: Pay More Attention To The Midwest

March 06, 2014
Shoulder-high stalks are seen in a corn field July 5, 2006 in Prairie View, Illinois. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

To understand American history, Jon Lauck says you have to understand the Midwest’s role in some critical events.

2 At Top Of Boston Marathon Men’s Field Drop Out Due To Injuries

March 03, 2014
“Boston has a special place in my heart and deserves my best,” Moses Mosop, of Kenya, said in a statement Monday announcing he would not run in the 2014 Boston Marathon due to a knee injury. Pictured above, Mosop finished second in the 2011 race. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman, both American, will replace Moses Mosop, of Kenya, and American Dathan Ritzenhein, who both had to drop out due to injuries.

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