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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

Past Champs Fill Field For 2015 Boston Marathon

January 20, 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)

BOSTON — Three men who have won the elite competition will run the 119th edition of the famous footrace, and they will be joined by two past women’s champions.

Martin Luther King, Jr., In His Own Words

January 19, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in front of the United Nations during a peace parade in New York on April 15, 1967. (AP)

The civil rights leader left behind a legacy of inspiring words in the many sermons and speeches he delivered.

Meb Keflezighi Will Return To Boston Marathon To Defend His Title

January 07, 2015
Meb Keflezighi celebrates his 2014 Boston Marathon victory. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — Keflezighi’s 2014 victory marked the first time an American won the men’s open race in 31 years. Marblehead’s Shalane Flanagan will also be running again in 2015.

Red Sox Pitcher Pedro Martinez Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame On 1st Try

January 06, 2015

BOSTON — The three-time Cy Young Award winner was named on 91.1 percent of the ballots, earning his place on his first try.

A Personal Story About Cancer

November 13, 2014
Here & Now producer Alex Ashlock took this photo of his sister Melissa receiving chemotherapy treatment. (Alex Ashlock)

It seems like cancer touches everyone. Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock shared these thoughts on how it’s affected his family.

Remembering The Battle Of Fallujah

November 06, 2014
Marines who fought in the Battle of Fallujah pose with a flag carried by Cpl. Theodore Bowling before he was killed during the Battle of Fallujah. (Courtesy of Chad Russell)

A Marine unit that lost 28 men in the Battle of Fallujah, 10 years ago this month, reunited recently to remember their fallen comrades.

A Look At Fallujah, The Bloodiest Battle For American Forces In The Iraq War, 10 Years Later

November 06, 2014
Cpl. Will McDermott, front, from Phoenix, Ariz and other Marines from the 1st Battalion 5th Marines sleep in their fighting holes in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. (John Moore/AP)

BOSTON — Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the battle of Fallujah. It was the bloodiest battle for American troops of the Iraq War, with nearly 100 dead, including a Marine from Massachusetts.

The Day Before The Day That Changed Everything

September 05, 2014
Evan Kuz was visiting New York City for the first time from Canada. As the dark storm rolled in on the late afternoon of Sept 10th, he took this photo from the Ferry near Liberty Island. He later had coffee at Windows On the World that evening. It's something he'll carry with him for the rest of the life he says. (Evan Kuz via National Geographic)

A new film on the National Geographic Channel called “9/10: The Final Hours” focuses on the day before 9/11.

Remembering Charles Bowden

September 04, 2014
Charles Bowden is pictured in Sycamore Canyon in Southern Arizona, just a few miles from the border, in July 2013. That was a major bird watching spot he liked to visit. (Molly Molloy)

The author and journalist died last week. We revisit his past conversations with Here & Now.

Boston Honors Fallen Soldier Daniel Londono With Memorial Sign

August 31, 2014

BOSTON — As part of Boston’s ‘Hero Squares’ initiative, the city has rededicated a square in honor of a local soldier killed in the Iraq War during a ceremony Saturday morning in Dorchester. Army Sergeant Daniel Londono died in 2004.

Boston Honors Fallen Marine Alexander Arredondo

August 25, 2014
A ceremony today rededicated the corner of St. Rose street and South street in Jamaica Plain to Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo Square. It is across the street from the house in which Lance Corporal Arredondo grew up. (Qainat Khan/WBUR)

BOSTON — The city of Boston is honoring Marine Lance Cpl. Alexander Scott Arredondo Monday by naming a square at the corner of St. Rose and South streets in Jamaica Plain after him.

Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi Returns To Mass.

August 16, 2014

BOSTON — Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi — back in Massachusetts to compete in the 42nd annual Falmouth Road Race — reflects on how his running career has changed since he broke the tape on Boylston Street last April.

2015 Boston Marathon Field Set At 30K

August 14, 2014
Boston Marathon runners cross the Mass Pike overpass at mile 25 during last year's marathon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — At 30,000, next April’s race will be the third-largest field in the history of the race.

New Novel Tells The Story Of The First Mass School Shooting

July 31, 2014
One of the victims of Charles Joseph Whitman, the sniper who gunned down victims from a perch in the University of Texas tower, is carried across the campus to a waiting ambulance, Aug. 1, 1966 in Austin. The unidentified victim was gunned down inside the tower, according to police on the scene. (AP)

On August 1, 1966, a young man started shooting from the clock tower on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

Iraq War Vet Returns To A Broken Country

July 29, 2014
Iraqi onlookers gather on July 16, 2014 around a burnt motorcycle at the scene of an explosion that took place the previous night in Sadr City, one of Baghdad's northern Shiite-majority districts. (Ali al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images)

Roy Scranton says what he found in Baghdad “shows the evidence of the truth of what we’d actually done.”

Veterans Say Suicide Is Their Top Concern

July 24, 2014
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., at right, speaks on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, July 10, during a news conference on a bill to combat veteran suicides. Miller introduced the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act to combat veteran suicide. (Evan Vucci/AP)

That’s according to a survey released today by the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

New Hampshire Veteran Receives Medal Of Honor

July 21, 2014
Barack Obama, Ryan M. Pitts

BOSTON — Ryan Pitts, whose commanding officers say helped save lives and turn the tide of one of the bloodiest battles in Afghanistan, is the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for bravery in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Running From The Reservation To Olympic Glory

July 11, 2014
Billy Mills pulls off a stunning upset by winning the 10,000 meters Olympic race in Tokyo Oct. 14, 1964. Mills set an Olympic record of 28:24:4, and was the only American ever to win the event. (AP Photo)

Billy Mills reflects on making history at the 1964 Summer Games and his work with American Indian communities.

Medal Of Honor Recipient Reflects On Honor And Loss

July 09, 2014
Sgt. Ryan Pitts, pictured here at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, will become the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan or Iraq. (U.S. Army)

Afghan War veteran Ryan Pitts says the medal “belongs to every man there that day and I’ll accept it on behalf of the team. It’s not mine.”

2014 Boston Marathon Raised Record Amount For Charity

July 01, 2014
A year after two bombs exploded at the finish line, thousands of runners returned to reclaim the 118th Boston Marathon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Boston Marathon runners raised a record $38.4 million for local nonprofits in 2014 — nearly double the $20 million raised in 2013.

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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