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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Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey is heading back to the Senate for his third term.

The two-term incumbent faced tough competition from his Republican challenger.

Former drug company CEO Bob Hugin ran against Menendez self-funding his campaign and blanketing the airwaves with T-V ads about Menendez’s corruption trial.

The federal case ended in a mistrial last fall when a jury couldn’t reach a verdict. In his victory speech last night Menendez pledged to win back the support of residents.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is pushing back against reports of elevated levels of lead and other toxins in the city’s water supply amid comparisons to the crisis in Flint, Michigan, by the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

Baraka says Flint's water crisis, which was caused by the city's failure to apply corrosion control treatment is incomparable to that of Newark, adding that they became aware of the issue in October after a self-commissioned report.

NJPAC

The seventh annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival kicks off this weekend at NJPAC in Newark. Alexandra Hill sits down with WBGO’s own Gary Walker for an exclusive preview. You can get more information and

see the entire schedule for the festival here

On this edition of Newark Today we are joined by Host Michael Hill of NJTV, Mayor Ras Baraka, and Chief of Development Carmelo Garcia, to talk about what's being done to increase development outside the city's booming downtown district, and how the city's often underserved neighborhoods could see some major changes. 

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Explosive devices believed to be pipe bombs were sent to an array of trump critics around the country,  including the Clinton family home in Westchester County New York, the Obama home in Washington, D.C., and to CNN headquarters in New York City Wednesday. 

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says the device along with an envelope of white powder targeting CNN’s offices in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle is clearly an act of terror.

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Fans can now celebrate the life and legacy of Whitney Houston in her hometown. The Grammy Museum at the Prudential Center has a new exhibition called "Whitney!" that features never-before-seen artifacts that tell the story of Houston from her childhood in Newark to her rise to stardom.

 

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Officials in NJ’s largest city were joined by Grammy winning musician producer, and Newark native, Wyclef Jean today to unveil the first of a five-part music themed mural series.

The project in partnership with Prudential Center’s GRAMMY Museum Experience, Prudential Financial Newark Arts, and Yendor Arts.  Jean, who is portrayed in the mural, says as a kid in Newark it was one of his teachers that introduced him to the music that changed his life.

WBGO's Alexandra Hill chats with Associate Program Officer with Greater Newark LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation) Tenisha Malcolm, about this weekend's 6th Annual Growing Leadership Building Community Conference, taking place this Saturday October 6th at Rutgers Newark. The annual day long conference gives participants the opportunity to attend two of six concurrent ninety-minute workshops. Workshop topics to be covered include: environmental justice, how to become a citizen journalist, empowering the next generation of leaders, and tapping your leadership potential. 

This sunday a Funeral will take place throughout New Jersey's largest city.....A funeral for violence and anger in Newark. WBGO's Alexandra Hill sat down with Dupre Kelly, one third of legendary hip-hop group Lords of The Underground and the founder of 211 community impact group, to talk about how he hopes the event will impact not only the the victims of violent crime, but those who are committing acts of violence within their own communities. 

Sunday, September 30

Hearses begin parade: 11 a.m.

Funeral Service: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

On this Back To School edition of Newark Today, Mayor Ras Baraka joins host Michael Hill of NJTV, and Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon, to talk about what's in store for the district, in its first full school year under local control in more than 20 years. We'll also discuss how the new school funding formula, recently implemented by the state, will impact the largest school district in New Jersey.

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On this month's Newark Today host Michael Hill of NJTV News will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka and Aisha Glover, President and CEO of Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, to discuss the push to make Newark the city of choice for the next Amazon headquarters, a deal that could be worth billions in tax incentives and could bring tens of thousands of jobs. 

On this month's Newark Today, hosted by NJTV's Michael Hill, we are joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, State Senator Ron Rice, and Founder of Salvation and Social Justice Rev. Charles Boyer to discuss New Jersey's push to legalize recreational marijuana and how it could affect the state's largest city. 

Newark Police Department

Two rookie police officers in Newark are being hailed as heroes for jumping into action and saving a toddler's life, earlier this week. 

The call came in Sunday after a 2-year-old girl was unresponsive after nearly drowning  in a pool in the city's North Ward. 

Newark International Film Festival Returns For Third Year

Jul 12, 2018
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The Newark International Film Festival returns in September. Founder Kenneth Gifford made the announcement at city hall. 

The Tate Brothers, Lance Gross, and Kim Hawthorne are among some of the celebrities set to attend. The festival, now in its third year, has garnered global appeal, drawing thirteen-hundred submissions from two-hundred and seventy-eight countries around the world. Gifford says that he wants to make sure the film festival is supporting the arts community, right here in Newark.  

 

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2018 marks the 153rd celebration of the holiday known as Juneteenth,  a day that many regard as the African-American Independence Day. WBGO's Alexandra Hill sits down with Seton Hall professor, historian, and longtime activist, the Reverend Dr. Forrest Pritchett.  Pritchett who was honored with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 by then President Barak Obama, is one of many who are working to make the annual celebration a federal holiday.   

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This Sunday, more than a million spectators will turn out for the annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. This year the celebration of culture and history will take on profound meaning in the wake of hurricane Maria which devastated the island. Puerto Rican Television Journalist Julio 'Gaby' Acevedo is this year's parade Ambassador, Acevedo has been covering the crisis in Puerto Rico for WNBC and Telemundo 47, since the hurricane hit back in September of last year.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and choreographer Jamar Roberts  talks about his love for choreography, working with Ailey dancers, and the inspiration for his new piece, Members Don't Get Weary, premiering at the company's 20th annual Mother's Day Engagement at  NJPAC. 

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Incumbent Ras Baraka wins a second term as the Mayor of NJ’s largest city in a near landslide victory beating out Central ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins. Baraka credited the progress his administration has made over the past 4 years, particularly when it comes to economic development.

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Judge Greg Mathis, retired Michigan district court judge and host of the nationally syndicated courtroom show Judge Mathis, recently stopped by WBGO to talk about his long history in politics, his criminal past, and what its like to be the longest presiding African-American judge on television.

Newark’s first lady of Jazz and WBGO Co-Founder and special events coordinator will celebrate her 80th birthday this summer. The New Jersey Performing Arts center is commemorating the occasion with a special night of jazz in her honor. Dorthaan Kirk has had a tremendous influence on the world of jazz over her more than 40 year career.

Jazz saxophonist Don Braden has worked with Dorthaan Kirk for the last two decades producing three jazzathons together.  Braden describes the moment the two met in 1998 when he became director of NJPAC’s jazz for teens program.

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The city of Newark celebrated the opening of its new 6th precinct boosting its police presence in the city’s West Ward. The building that will now house the precinct was previously used for special operations. Mayor Ras Baraka says it will now act as a fully functioning precinct, something residents had been asking for, for decades.

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New Jersey’s largest city today passed a pivotal piece of legislation to add additional protections for public employees who are victims of sexual harassment.  

The ordinance, which passed unanimously, is spearheaded by Central Ward Councilwoman and Mayoral candidate Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins. It prohibits sexual harassment of city employees by their fellow co-workers, management, union representatives, volunteers or vendors for the city. 

WBGO News

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy makes his Ask Governor Murphy debut.

The one-hour call-in show is produced by WBGO News, in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC. 

The governor and host Nancy Solomon  of WNYC, discuss everything from medical marijuana, to taxes climate change, and gun violence in schools.

Governor Murphy is also joined by special guest Matt Arco, Statehouse reporter for NJ Advance Media. 

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In his fourth State of the City address last night at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark, Mayor Ras Baraka both mapped out the direction of the state's largest city and highlighted the achievements of his administration, since taking office in 2014, with the 2018 municipal election less than two months away. 

Baraka touted everything from economic development to reductions in crime, and what may be his biggest achievement since taking office, the return of schools to local control after 20 years at the mercy of the state.

On this edition of Newark Today Mayor Ras Baraka is joined by Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, Aisha Glover President of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, Kenyatta Stewart Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark, and special guest Robert Gregory Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, to talk recent developments in the city's push to establish a Civilian Complaint Review Board, crime and public safety, economic development, and local control of Newark Public Schools. 

Newark Today with Mayor Ras Baraka and host Michael Hill of NJTV
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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is preparing to deliver his state of the city address next week, and Newark Today has your preview of this year’s annual address. 

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Thousands of young men from the city of Newark descended on the Prudential center earlier this week for the pathways to success summit. Mayor Ras Baraka in partnership with the my brothers keeper initiative and prudential hosted the summit that provided mentorship opportunities, social services, on the spot hiring but the real goal of the summit was to change the paths of the city’s most disenfranchised and underserved demographic, young black men.

“A lot of us young black males we don’t have a lot of things to look up to.”

The NAACP's Great Debate America is reviving the art of debate with some of the nation's leading institutions of higher learning. The Debate recently made a stop in Newark New Jersey for black history month, where Newark Public School children got to see and participate in a debate between Rutgers Newark and Harvard University inspiring a new generation of scholars.

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Essex County has launched a pilot program, one week after a woman was gunned down in Newark, that will help determine whether a domestic violence suspect is freed or remains in jail. The county assigned one judge to handle all domestic violence cases instead of letting other judges rule on the cases at random. The man suspected of killing 28 year old Tiffany Wilson was released twice on domestic violence charges pending trial.

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After 22 years under state intervention. It's day one of local control in the Newark public school district . 

Mayor Ras Baraka addressed students, faculty and the districts newly empowered school board at science park high school. Baraka says despite being under a two-year probationary period, Newark intends to keep control of its schools at all costs.

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