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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WBGO News

Screenings of the new Miles Davis documentary Birth of The Cool begin today in NYC.

Lincoln Park Music Festival

This year's Lincoln Park Music Festival takes place this weekend in Newark. The festival now in it's 14th year has grown to become the largest in the state with more than 50,000 attendees and counting. WBGO's Alexandra Hill recently sat down with Festival Director Kim Ford and Executive Director and Founder Anthony Smith to talk about 

this year's star studded line up and their mission to help transform and develop the Lincoln Park neighborhood into a comprehensive arts and cultural district.

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El Paso City Councilman Peter Svarzbein recently spent a weekend in Newark while he attended the Next City's first-ever regional Vanguard conference.

WBGO's Alexandra Hill caught up with Democratic councilman to talk to him about the border crisis impacting his community.

WBGO News

Host Michael Hilll will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose talking policing in New Jersey's largest city. As usual we'll be taking your calls LIVE at 844-677-9283. The show will also be streaming LIVE right here on WBGO.ORG and on the Newark Today facebook page. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that there is "no rationale" as to why the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team members are paid less than men. Cuomo made the comments ahead of signing equal pay legislation into law. 

The legislation expands on a state law prohibiting gender pay discrimination making it illegal to pay someone less based on factors such as their race, religion, or gender identity. Cuomo signed the changes into law, just before joining the U.S. women's soccer team for the parade honoring their World Cup victory.

Scott G. Brown

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising that many say was the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in not only New York City but around the globe. Author and gay rights activist Scott G. Brown was there. Brown recalls the night of June 28th 1969 and the NYPD raid that sparked the movement.

This Thursday June 20th, host Michael Hill will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka talking summer in the city 2019. We'll review all the latest hot topics around New Jersey's largest city, and we'll also discuss summer youth programming to keep kids engaged during the hottest months of the year! If you've got questions for the Mayor call us 844-677-9283. LIVE at 8pm on WBGO 88.3FM online at WBGO.ORG and streaming on the Newark Today facebook page! 

 

 

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Creative New Jersey recently held its Call to Collaboration forum at NJIT in Newark. A two day event that brings together local organizations and community groups to address issues affecting their communities while challenging them to brainstorm solutions. 

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New Jersey Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman says Homelessness and housing affordability is an issue that confronts Newark and the entire country. But she says she hopes that as a member of the House appropriations committee, that’s responsible for setting funding levels for federal departments and agencies, she can help steer more dollars toward the nations housing crisis.

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Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Newark this past weekend to rally against the Murphy administartions tentative plan to close two existing youth prisons in the state and open smaller "youth development centers" in northern, central and southern New Jersey. The rally and march , organized by the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice, comes a month after local officials and activists blasted an alleged plan that would've landed one of them in Newark, a city that already has several prisons within its borders.

On Newark Today Host Michael Hill is joined by Mayor Ras Baraka to talk about the latest news around the city's civilian complaint review board or CCRB and the push to expunge low level drug offenses as the state moves to legalize marijuana. Special guest former Chief Municipal Judge Victoria Pratt will join us to talk about her work to reform the court system through alternative sentencing, something she pioneered during her time in the Newark Municipal Court.

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Officials in Newark say a new water treatment process has been implemented in an effort to reduce elevated lead levels in the drinking water that have affected city residents for more than two years 

The city acknowledged the widespread lead problem last October when a study found treatment failures at the city’s Pequannock water plant, that services nearly every part of the city, and sells to surrounding towns, including Bloomfield, Belleville and Nutley.

Host Michael Hill of NJTV News is joined by Mayor Ras Baraka along with Shakira McKnight with the Mayor's Office of Youth and College Affairs, to discuss opportunities for young people and their efforts to increase college enrollment among the city's six colleges and universities.

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker kicked off his Justice For All Campaign Tour in his hometown of Newark today.

Hundreds of supporters packed Newark’s Military Park for Booker’s first major rally as a candidate for the presidential democratic nomination. Booker laid out his progressive vision for the country around the theme of creating a more just and equitable society.

“I know and you know, that we don’t have the privilege to wait for what fits into someone else’s narrow view of what it means to be a progressive, our first priority must be to make people’s lives better.”

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WBGO celebrated its 40th birthday this past Wednesday.  WBGO's Alexandra Hill chats with the "Morning Maestro" Gary Walker who has been hosting programs on the greatest jazz station in the world for more than 37 of those amazing years.

Click above to hear his thoughts about the station's milestone.

Newark Symphony Hall has a new CEO and president, Taneshia Nash Laird joined the organization in November after a national search, succeeding interim Executive Director Leon Denmark. Laird has a long and storied career in the arts, she was most recently the executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton — only the third executive director since 1967 and the first one of color. She has decades of leadership in the nonprofit, government and private sectors.

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Host Michael Hill of NJTV will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, talking State of The City 2019 on the heels of the Mayor's address. We'll be exploring key aspects of Mayor Baraka's agenda including Universal Basic Income, establishing a Co-Op Company Owned by Reentry Employees, the push to expunge all marijuana convictions as part of the state's legalization legislation, and the newly announced $75 million program to replace lead service lines throughout the city.

Metropolitan Transit Authority

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio have announced an agreement to fix the MTA. 

WBGO's Alexandra Hill chats with The Chad Foundation's Executive Director Eric Stevenson about their Black History event titled "Cultural Education - History, Impact, and Relevance for Today".

The event will be held at The Chad School Building at 308 South 9th Street, Newark on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. The event will highlight the importance of culturally-relevant education, and honor The Chad School's legacy as an institution that produced Newark scholars who were academically competitive and equally self-aware.

Harry Prott

On this month's Newark Today we're talking about the city's efforts to become a trauma-informed city by 2020.

The discussion comes on the heels of NJTV News' five part series Trauma's Tragedy and Treatment, by host Michael Hill.

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While overall crime is down in New Jersey’s largest city, officials say they have seen a spike in rapes and sexual assaults.

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Officials in Newark say crime is down to its lowest numbers in nearly five decades. Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose says overall crime is down 15 percent from 2017.

“One key thing is we had one hundred and one less people shot in the cityof Newark in 2018, robberies have decreased thirty five percent in 2018, car jacking’s fifty six percent.”

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A pilot program that teaches girls how to code is expanding across the Newark Public Schools in the hopes of engaging more girls in the fields of science and technology, which have largely and historically been dominated by males. WBGO's Alexandra Hill reports the district is enlisting the help of international non-profit organization Girls Who Code in order to do so.

 

City of Newark/ State of New Jersey

On this month's edition of Newark Today, host Michael Hill of NJTV News is joined by Mayor Ras Baraka and one ofthe highest ranking African-American state officials in the country, New Jersey Lietenant Governor Sheila Oliver. We take a look back at the role the Murphy Administration has played in moving Newark forward, and discuss what lies ahead for New Jersey's largest city. 

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The WBGO News team has once again been awarded by the New York Association of Black Journalists. The NYABJ Awards honor excellence in journalism created by and centering on the African diaspora in and around the media capital of the world. This year's first place awards are as follows:

Radio sports: Former NFL Star Nate Burleson Brings Swag and Fun to Sports Television Doug Doyle, SportsJam with Doug Doyle

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On this month's edition of Newark Today, host Michael Hill will be joined by Ketlen Alsbrook, Chief of Staff of the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, Taiisa Kelly with Monarch Housing Associates, and Richard Uniacke with Bridges Outreach, to talk about the city's new year-round shelter initiative while also highlighting city-wide programs and services for those in need during this year's holiday season. 

Call in with you questions and comments at 844-677-9283.

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Following the rejection by a federal judge last week of a proposed plan to improve public housing. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a new initiative today to fix the ongoing problems NYCHA residents have been facing for decades.

De Blasio says 62,000 apartments will undergo upgrades, involving nearly $13 billion in repairs, through a public-private partnerships, with the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, that will convert units to section 8 housing.

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Its official New York City is one of two locations for Amazon’ s second headquarters. The tech giant says the move will bring more than 25,000 jobs to Queens. Amazon says it expects to invest $2.5 billion in its new Long Island City headquarters. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the benefits of having Amazon in New York City far out way the more than 1.5 billion dollars the tech giant will receive in tax incentives as part of the deal.

Associated Press

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.

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