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Baraka Delivers First Ever Virtual State of The City Address

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka delivered his long awaited speech to an nearly empty room at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as thousands tuned in online to Baraka's first ever virtual State of The City address.

The Mayor highlighted everything from Newark's nationally touted COVID-19 response, to the recently announced $100 million fund for Black and LatinX businesses, to declaring white supremacist organizations illegal in New Jersey's largest city.

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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.