Alexandra Hill

Afternoon News Anchor and Reporter

Alexandra Hill began her work with WBGO in June of 2012 in the news department. A graduate of the Rutgers Newark journalism program, Alexandra was also a student of WBGO News Director Doug Doyle. Alexandra has since become the lead general assignment reporter, afternoon news anchor, and producer of the award winning live call in show Newark Today. Since working for WBGO Alexandra has covered politics in and around Newark including the 2014 mayoral campaign of Mayor Ras Baraka as well as the senate campaigns of former Newark Mayor and now U.S. Senator Cory Booker in both 2013 and 2014. Alexandra also covers a host of human-interest stories, and has been recognized by the New York Association Of Black Journalists for her piece entitled Sheltering Newark’s Homeless.

Other awards include the 2013 PRNDI (Public Radio National Directors Incorporated) Award for best ongoing team coverage of breaking news, The Death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, as well as recognition by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, for her ongoing coverage of the Newark Public School District.

Prior to her time at WBGO Alexandra lived in Los Angeles for five years where she worked in Public Relations.

Alexandra was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada. Alexandra’s family spent time traveling the world during her early childhood years and lived in Lagos, Nigeria before settling in Newark, New Jersey. Alexandra’s passions include community service and is a strong supporter of The Grassroots Community Foundation, a community health and social action organization that advocates for women and girls, particularly those who are impoverished. Alexandra is also a mother of two daughters- Brianna, and aspiring artist Jayla, whose work can be seen throughout the WBGO offices particularly on the door of Morning Jazz host Gary Walker’s office.

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 The city of Newark is training hundreds of contact tracers through a citywide partnership, in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey’s largest city.

The city’s Contact Tracing Task Force, made up of city employees, volunteers, and local college students. will contact and trace residents who have tested positive. Mayor Ras Baraka says that data is critical to slowing the spread and developing strategies on how, when and where to reopen.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is calling on the federal government for assistance as it works to stop the spread of COVID-19 and limit its impact on the city’s budget.  

Just a few short weeks ago the city put in several of its own stimulus packages to help residents but now Baraka says those, along with the additional burden on health, public safety and sanitation services have put a significant dent in the city coffers. Baraka says if they don't get help, they may be forced to furlough city employees and face possible buyouts.

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Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District is partnering with the City of Newark, The Greater Newark Conservancy, and Rutgers Newark medical students, along with a host of other local organizations, to feed seniors and families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Executive Director Anthony Smith says the multi-organizational partnership has allowed them to expand on their already existing initiative to provide fresh produce and healthy meals to seniors in the Lincoln Park community Newark.

On this month's Newark Today Broadcast Mayor Ras Baraka along with host Michael Hill and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Mark Wade discuss all the latest developments around the fight against COVID-19 in New Jersey’s largest city. 

Despite the coronavirus numbers climbing to more than 106-thousand in New York City, data shows progress. Mayor Bill de Blasio says social distancing is working.  New hospitalizations are down as well as the number of daily ICU patients and the percentage of people testing positive.

“When you see these numbers, take it personally. Recognize this represents the progress that you have achieved.   But we’ve got a lot more to do to keep that progress going to get to the point where we might be able to ease some of the restrictions and move toward normalcy.”

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There are now more than 78-hundred dead in New York State from coronavirus and the number of positive cases has risen as well to nearly 162-thousand. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the coronavirus curve continues to be flattened and it’s lower than projected models.

“We are cautiously optimistic that we are slowing the infection rate.  That’s what the numbers say. That’s what the data suggests to us"

He says that’s because of social distancing policies.

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The United Way is partnering with the city of Newark and other local food pantries to help feed residents in need. 

Catherine Wilson is President and CEO of United Way of Greater Newark Wilson says the the coronavirus pandemic has shed light on the food insecurity that was already a widespread problem.

New York City remains razor thin on the number of ventilators available for coronavirus patients but Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is one positive sign.

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  New York State has more than 102-thousand people that have tested positive for coronavirus.  The death toll is nearing three-thousand as of Friday.   New York City has more than 57-thousand cases.

With hospital equipment dangerously low, Governor Cuomo is authorizing the borrowing of extra supplies like protective equipment and ventilators. from private medical facilities in the state and then deploying them where there is a need.

Coronavirus continues to spread as numbers keep rising in New York State.  Every single county has at least one case.  There are more than 92 thousand known cases in New York State with the death toll now topping 23-hundred as of Thursday.   

The latest set of models show coronavirus cases peaking in 7 to 30 days. Governor Cuomo explains why it’s such a wide range.

“It depends on how that model rates how effective social distancing is” 

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The number of coronavirus cases keeps climbing with New York State now at nearly 84 thousand with more than half of those in New York City.  There are more than 19-hundred coronavirus deaths in the state as of Wednesday. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now closing down all New York City playgrounds.

 “I warned people that if if they didn’t stop the density and the games in the playgrounds.  You can’t play basketball.  Uh You can’t come in contact with each other.”

 

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Four New Jersey officials, East Orange Mayor Ted Green, Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, have joined forces to announce a series of new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The first of those measures is a complete seven-day lockdown. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says all non-emergency travel between them will be barred with joint police units patrolling their shared borders. Violators will be issued summonses and could face legal action.

The coronavirus death toll in New York State has passed 15-hundred. There are now more than 75 thousand people who have tested positive in the state and more than 43-thousand of those are in New York City as of Tuesday.  

Governor Cuomo says his staff is coordinating with hospitals to now get retired nurses and doctors into the system.  More than 70-thousand volunteered.  Cuomo says current hospital staffs are worn out.

 

The USNS Comfort sailed into New York Harbor today as the city prepares to increase hospital capacity amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The United States naval ship, now docked at Pier 90 on the West Side of Manhattan, will provide one thousand beds for non-COVID-19 patients. Mayor Bill de Blasio says it will help open up space in the city’s hospitals for the expected onslaught of critical patients who are in need of intensive care.

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In the first of what Mayor Ras Baraka calls a series of sweeping six million dollar economic initiatives, the city of Newark has launched a grant program to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The city has earmarked two million of those dollars to help hundreds of small business by providing up to ten thousand dollars each in emergency grant money. Mayor Ras Baraka says many of those businesses have been nearly crushed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is urging residents to remain at home as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise. Among them some of the city’s first responders. 

In addition to the city’s nearly eighty cases so far three police officers and six firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19. Baraka says those who continue to disregard the city’s mandated 8pm curfew, as well as social distancing practices, are putting others at risk, particularly first responders.

On this edition of Newark Today Host Michael Hill is joined by Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Mark Wade, M.D.,  discuss the potential health impact of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Newark, steps the city is taking to address it, and measures residents can take to protect themselves.  

Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced a further series of sweeping measures to address the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the City of Newark, which include a mandatory 8 p.m. curfew, the closing of non-essential businesses by 8 p.m. tonight until further notice, and City Hall services offered to residents there by appointment only. A list of the new measures follows, in which compliance will be enforced.

 

Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Mark Wade, M.D., will hold a Virtual Town Hall with city residents on Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. The Virtual Town Hall will discuss the potential health impact of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Newark, steps the city is taking to address it, and measures residents can take to protect themselves.

Residents can call in to the Town Hall at (855)-756-7520 Ext.56949# to ask questions. We will be streaming the event live at WBGO.ORG and on the Newark Today facebook page. 

 

On this month's edition of Newark Today Mayor Ras Baraka joins host Michael Hill of NJTV News for an unprecedented one on one discussion. 

The Rutgers Law School Association of Black Law Students held its 29th annual Jazz for Justice scholarship gala this weekend in Newark. WBGO’s Alexandra Hill reports.

 

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The New Jersey Institute of Social Justice today released a report identifying barriers to voter participation in New Jersey and proposing policy recommendations to directly address them.

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New Jersey's own rock legend, Jon Bon Jovi, was on hand today for the opening of his new JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurant at Rutgers University-Newark.  

On this month's Newark Today host Michael Hill will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka and Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development Allison Ladd to discuss efforts around development and equitable growth outside of the city's downtown district. We will be taking calls LIVE at 844-677-9283 Thursday january 16th at 8pm. 

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Two leading Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate are urging the Trump administration to immediately declassify documents submitted to Congress detailing its decision to kill Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike last week.

New Jersey senator and senior member of the senate foreign relations committee, Bob Menenedez, along with New York senator Chuck Schumer, sent President Donald Trump a letter today (Monday) urging him to declassify the war powers notification, calling it critical to national security.

The SOTA (or Special One Time Assistance) program has placed 1,200 homeless families from NYC in housing in Newark, since 2017. The program has recently made headlines around the quality of the housing stock, which has prompted the city to sue Mayor Bill De Blasio's administration, in an effort to stop the relocation program. 

Two of Newark’s most prolific political minds have come together to edit and publish a book about Newark’s first African-American Mayor. A Mayor For All The People: Kenneth Gibson’s Newark, provides an assessment of Gibson’s leadership and his legacy, from the perspectives of the people who were deeply immersed in 1970s and 80’s Newark politics: city employees, politicians, activists, journalists, and mayoral colleugues like the first African-American mayor of New York City David Dinkins. WBGO’s Alexandra Hill recently sat down with Richard W. Roper and Robert C.

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The Newark YMCA is working to give adjudicated youth in Hudson County an alternative to prison. It's called the succeed program's evening reporting center, where kids ages 13 to 17 receive peer to peer mentoring services as well as case management, and life skills workshops, between the hours of 3-9pm Monday through Saturday. WBGO's Alexandra Hill recently sat down with Michael Bright President and CEO of the Newark YMCA, the programs coordinator Shannell Toomer, and 19 year old program graduate Isaiah Rosario...

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Mayor Ras Baraka says sampling done on the water in hundreds of  Newark homes has found that 97 percent of city-issued filters are working as expected. This round of testing was performed following tests last month in two homes showed elevated levels of lead.   

“We thank god that the filters work, but we are not in anyway having a victory lap, because this is not a victory for us, it is good news in a long and arduous task to make sure we have clean drinking water.”

Newark Today presents The State of Newark Public Schools. Host Michael Hill will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, Schools Superintendent Roger Leon, President of the Board of Education Josephine Garcia, and Bruno Coelho, 2019 – 2020  Student Representative

The town hall style forum will be broadcast LIVE from Science Park High School Thursday September 19th at 8pm. 

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