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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

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.

Plaques Unveiled To Honor 2 Firefighters Killed In 2014 Back Bay Blaze

March 22, 2015
Firefighter Michael Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward Walsh died in a apartment blaze in March 2014.

Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy died in a Back Bay Apartment blaze in March 2014.

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.

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)

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)

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

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.

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.

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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