Alex Newman

Alex Newman is a former executive editor of

Alex Newman is a former executive editor of joined The World in 2017 as a data journalist and also served as deputy editor for the digital team. Previously, Alex worked on the interactive team at Al Jazeera America, where she was responsible for special projects using audio, video, data or graphics (or all of the above) and was the editorial lead for AJAM's award-winning mobile app. She also worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Home Front Communications, USA TODAY and the Reno Gazette-Journal. While at USA TODAY, Alex was the lead producer for a daily webcast from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and shot video for a documentary covering the 2008 presidential inauguration. At the Reno Gazette-Journal, Alex worked as a police reporter and helped report an award-winning project about the dangers of methamphetamine. Alex has taught online and interactive journalism classes at the City University of New York, American University, the University of Maryland and the University of Nevada, Reno. She grew up in Reno, Nevada (pronounced Nev-AD-a, not Nev-AH-da) but has since lived in Washington, DC, New York City and Boston. She lives with a 25-year-old Hermann's tortoise named Captain Ahab and really likes bicycles. 

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Free speech

As the world marks World Press Freedom Day, those who track threats against journalists say the global climate is a grim one.

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A guide to Russian ‘demotivator’ memes

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Global Politics
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Marchers: ‘I want to stand with my sisters’


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Wear and Tear series: The women who make our clothes


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How fair is your fashion? Take the quiz.

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