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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The decades-old case of missing Middlebury College student Lynne Schulze is now grabbing national headlines.

Police in Middlebury recently announced that the case from 1971 has an “interesting” connection to millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst in that Shulze shopped at Durst's health food store on the day of her disappearance. 

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Many of New England's native plants are in serious trouble, according to a new report released today by the New England Wildflower Society.

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Vermonters pride themselves on the civility of their politics. The state is ranked as one of the least corrupt in the country, and even controversial issues are often met with measured debate. But in the Northeast Kingdom town of Victory — population 62 — things are a bit different.

Many have had to sit through diversity training when starting a new job or participating in school orientation. Tonight, students at Lyndon State College will be treated to a unique diversity program.

Vermont had 14 homicides last year. It fell to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the Vermont State Police to handle the bulk of those cases. That is, until now. The state police has announced the formation of a new Major Crimes Unit. 

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This year's long winter was especially tough for those who don't have somewhere warm to call their own. Vermont's mix of cities, towns and rural areas posed unique problems for the homeless here, and for the people trying to help them. 

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Vermonters who have unpaid traffic tickets may be in luck. This Friday only, the state will grant partial amnesty for people who've lost their driver's licenses due to unpaid traffic fines.

Tuesday night was a pretty good one for Rutland Mayor Chris Louras. The incumbent fended off two challengers in yesterday’s election to win himself a fifth term in office. On Wednesday, Mayor Louras discussed his plans for his next two years in office.

Perhaps no one is wishing for spring to come soon more than public works officials across Vermont.

More than 26 towns all around the state have been dealing with frozen water pipes, according to an informal survey by Vermont Emergency Management.

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After four months on strike, some 1,700 union workers at FairPoint Communications will finally return to work on Wednesday. FairPoint workers ratified a new contract over the weekend after long negotiations and sniping between unions and the company.

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To legalize or not to legalize marijuana? That's been the question on many Vermonters' minds of late. To help them answer it, some here have been looking west, to Colorado, where recreational pot has now been legal for a year.

On Wednesday, some environmentalists and other opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline welcomed news that a portion of the project is now canceled due to rising costs.

But not everybody’s happy.

Canadians are considering what to do now that the country’s highest court has struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide.

Candidates to be the next mayor of Winooski filed their election paperwork this week. And now the debate officially begins – about how best to lead the changing, culturally diverse city, and how to address the challenges of rapid growth and poverty.

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The city of Winooski has certainly seen its share of changes over the decades. The old mill town has re-branded itself as a hip enclave with a vibrant restaurant scene, a growing technology sector and a diverse population.

But it also has its challenges, such as rapid growth and nearly a quarter of its residents living below the poverty line. All of this welcomes a new mayor come March.

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When you read the words American Dream, what comes to mind for you? Kids? White picket fence? A stable nine-to-five? Or maybe no kids? A cozy rental? A job that lets you telecommute?

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An outbreak of measles that started at Disneyland has now sickened more than 100 people in 14 states, and stirred up the debate over whether to vaccinate children.

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The Ebola epidemic in West Africa finally seems to be slowing down. But still, the disease has already killed nearly 9,000 people in West Africa alone. Dr. Margaret Tandoh spent seven weeks treating patients in her native Liberia, where she set up an Ebola treatment center.

In late January, she returned to her day job as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She spoke with VPR about her experiences treating patients with the deadly disease in Liberia.  

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With temperatures expected to dip below zero tomorrow, some might be tempted to crank up the thermostat a notch or two. But for many Vermonters, that small adjustment is a big financial burden.

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On Thursday, Vermont’s nearly 120,000 Catholics will have a new leader in the state. Bishop Christopher Coyne will be installed as the Tenth Bishop of Burlington at a ceremony in the Queen City.

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