Alex Keefe

Local Host, All Things Considered/Reporter

Alex is VPR's local All Things Considered host. He comes to Vermont from WBEZ-FM in Chicago, where he spent nearly five years, most recently as a political reporter. He's covered everything from federal corruption trials, to Illinois' worst-in-the-nation public pension crisis, to the personalities who voice campaign attack ads. He has a particular interest in municipal finance, LGBTQ rights and gun rights.

Alex's feature reporting contributed to WBEZ winning a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in 2014. His stories on Illinois' pension troubles have been recognized by the Illinois Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. He's also been recognized by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and he was named Best Newswriter by the Illinois AP in 2011 and 2013.

Alex got his start in journalism at WVIK-FM in Rock Island, Ill., as a reporter and anchor, and he has also worked with Capitol News Connection covering Congress in Washington, D.C. He has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and he studied fiction writing at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

An Illinois native, Alex is the proud son of former longtime Chicago radio newsman Barry Keefe, who taught him everything he knows about the family business. Alex and his wife live in Burlington with their mutt, Sallie.

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A new poll ahead of New Hampshire's Democratic primary next year shows something a lot of politicos may not have expected just a few months ago: Sen. Bernie Sanders beating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in that primary.

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A 40-year-old woman from Barre Town has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing a social worker with the Department for Children and Families on Friday. Jody Herring was arraigned in Washington County Court on Monday afternoon. She faces a single first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Lara Sobel, who was part of a custody case involving Herring's daughter.

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You may have heard about a new poll that shows Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders gaining ground in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But you may not have heard about the other Vermonters who are in the race.

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There’s been a lot more talk over the past week about something that’s had a hard time finding political traction in Vermont: tougher ethics laws. Republican State Representative Heidi Scheuermann has advocated for ethics laws in the past and joined VPR to discuss the issue.

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The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is looking for brains. The center, in White River Junction, is run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and it's opening the world's first national brain bank for PTSD . It's a physical library of veterans' brain tissue to help researchers learn more about PTSD.

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Senator Patrick Leahy says it was "a thrill" to finally see the Cuban flag raised over the country's embassy in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning.  Leahy is one of the people who's been working for years to restore U.S.-Cuba relations.

Some of the decisions issued by the Vermont Supreme Court can be a little ... well, boring. But what if there was somebody to explain the idea of "legal indemnification" as two buddies arguing over a dinner tab? Or if you could have a caricature of Yosemite Sam walk you through the ins and outs of Vermont's Professional Responsibility Board? 

There’s some controversy growing around the man who’s in line to be Burlington’s next Chief of Police. Mayor Miro Weinberger has nominated New York City Police Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo to be the city’s next top cop, but some activists are planning to protest his City Council confirmation vote on Monday. 

It's been dubbed "marry out, get out" - a controversial law that strips members of the Canadian Kahnawake Mohawks of their tribal rights if they marry a non-native.

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Senator Bernie Sanders spends a lot of time on the presidential campaign trail talking about the plight of the middle class and the prodigality of the “1 percent.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders drew a record crowd of 10,000 supporters at a rally Wednesday night  in Madison, WI.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was just one of the many to tweet about the relief felt last night after a state trooper finally captured David Sweat, one of two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison upstate more than three weeks ago.

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A festival this weekend celebrates the heritage of some of New England's native peoples. The Abenaki Heritage Weekend is held at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes.

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On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court passed down a landmark decision that legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Attorney Susan Murray has been waiting for this day for a long time.

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The problem with un-tested sexual assault kits – also known as rape kits – has been getting more attention from journalists and lawmakers lately.

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There were new developments Monday afternoon in the massive manhunt for two killers who escaped from an upstate New York prison more than two weeks ago. New York State Police announced they've found items in a seasonal hunting cabin that could be connected to the inmates, David Sweat and Richard Matt.

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In less than three months, three Vermont cyclists have been killed after getting hit by a car.

Just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 60-year-old Kenneth Najarian was riding his bike in Ferrisburgh when he was struck by a woman who police say was driving drunk. Najarian died at the scene.

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It's now the 10th day of the search for David Sweat and Richard Matt, the two convicted killers who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York after cutting their way through a steel wall and crawling through a steam pipe.

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On Monday, Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin announced he will not be seeking a fourth term in office. Shumlin still has about a year and half left in his current term, and he says he made his announcement now because he wants to spend the rest of his time in office focusing on his agenda.

Eric Davis, Middlebury College professor emeritus of political science, helps us read the tea leaves.

On Jan. 27 of this year, there were more than 1,500 homeless people living in Vermont. That annual snapshot is down slightly from last year, according to new numbers from the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance. But that number doesn’t tell the whole story.