WBUR Staff

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

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.

John Hartford, Gone But Not Forgotten

May 29, 2014
John Hartford is pictured at MerleFest in North Carolina in April 2000. (Forrest L. Smith, III/Wikimedia Commons)

We remember the bluegrass musician and composer with his son Jamie Campbell and author Andrew Vaughan.

A Father’s Labor Of Love Sparks A Tradition And A Hit Song

May 26, 2014
Paul Monti started the event called Operation Flags for Vets to place flags on every grave at Massachusetts National Cemetery after his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2006. (Alex Ashlock/Here and Now)

Volunteers place flags at Massachusetts National Cemetery every Memorial Day Weekend as a result of one father’s efforts.

Who Is In Your Thoughts On Memorial Day?

May 23, 2014
Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod is pictured on Saturday, May 25, 2013, after volunteers placed flags on all of the graves, as part of Operation Flags For Vets. (Casey Ashlock/Here & Now)

That’s the question we’re asking for the day set aside each spring to honor the men and woman killed in the nation’s wars.

New Names Etched Into Vietnam Veterans Memorial

May 12, 2014
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

The Department of Defense recently determined these 13 soldiers died as a result of their wounds during the war.

Meb Keflezighi Runs To ‘Overcome Autobiography’

April 22, 2014
Winner Meb Keflezighi is makes his was through the crowd. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Meb Keflezighi on Monday became the first American man to win the open race since Greg Meyer did it in 1983. But you could say that his entire life has been about making history.

American Ryan Hall Seeks First Boston Marathon Victory

April 21, 2014
Ryan Hall runs ahead of an elite group of runners in the 2011 Boston Marathon. Hall went on to finish fourth in the race. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — In preparation for today’s Boston Marathon, Ryan Hall trained in Ethiopia, doing workouts at 9,000 feet.

Past Boston Marathon Winners Give Thoughts On 118th Race’s Meaning

April 20, 2014
Greg Meyer crosses the finish line of the 1983 Boston Marathon, winning the race. (Jeff Johnson/runmoremiles.com)

BOSTON — Three former marathon winners — Greg Meyer, Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson — reflect on last year’s marathon and give their thoughts on what this year’s race means.

Boston Abuzz This Marathon Weekend

April 20, 2014
People gather at the finish line ahead of Monday's 118th Boston Marathon, along Boylston Street, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Boston. (Matt Rourke/AP)

BOSTON — On Saturday, thousands of people ran the annual Boston Athletic Association 5K road race. The course took us from Boston Common, onto Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue.

1968 Boston Marathon Winner Is Back To Run Again

April 19, 2014
Amby Burfoot will run next week's Boston Marathon for the Martin Richard foundation MR8. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — Amby Burfoot was 21 years-old when he won the Boston Marathon in 1968. He returns to run every five years to celebrate that victory.

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.”

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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