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Alex Ashlock

Producer/Director, Here & Now, WBUR

Before joining Here & Now in fall 2005, Alex Ashlock served nearly eight years as senior producer of WBUR’s Morning Edition. He was in charge of the daily broadcast and also produced many of the interviews host Bob Oakes conducted in the studio or out in the field. You’ll still hear his occasional reports on WBUR newscasts.

Before joining the WBUR news team, Alex spent 15 years at WILL, the NPR station at the University of Illinois. He started there as a part-time newswriter and reporter during graduate school and eventually moved up to news director and finally program director.

Alex has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in journalism, both from the University of Illinois.

Recent stories

The Nation, And A Father, Honor The War Dead

May 30, 2016
Hundreds of volunteers American flags on the more than 60,000 graves at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod for the Memorial Day holiday. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

Volunteers placed American flags on the more than 60,000 graves at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Saturday.

‘Every Name Has A Story’: New Memorial Honors Mass. Service Members Killed Since 9/11

May 27, 2016
Soldiers place wreaths at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial during a dedication ceremony Friday. The new memorial in Boston's Seaport District honors Massachusetts residents who were either killed in action or died while serving in the military since the 9/11 attacks. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

The memorial includes the names of more than 200 men and women from Massachusetts who were either killed in action or died while serving in the military since the 9/11 attacks.

50-Foot Memorial In Boston’s Seaport District Dedicated In Honor Of Local Soldiers Killed Since 9/11

May 27, 2016
Workers put finishing touches on the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial in the Seaport on Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial honors members of the military with Massachusetts ties who were either killed in action or died while serving since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Fastest American To Ever Run Boston Marathon Cheered From The Sidelines This Year

April 20, 2016
Ryan Hall, left, of Redding, California, runs near Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Keflezighi came in first place that year and it turned out to be Hall's final Boston appearance. (Steven Senne/AP)

Ryan Hall demonstrated, especially with his performances in the Boston Marathon, that U.S. athletes could run with the Kenyans and Ethiopians who have dominated that race and the sport overall for decades.

A ‘Beautiful’ Boston Marathon In The Books

April 19, 2016
Hundreds of runners pour into Kenmore Square at mile 25 of the Boston Marathon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

WBUR marathon reporter Alex Ashlock recaps the 120th Boston Marathon.

5 Things To Watch For At The 120th Boston Marathon

April 18, 2016
Runners compete in the 118th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. Today kicks off the 120th running of the historic footrace. (Steven Senne/AP)

Today marks the 120th anniversary of the Boston Marathon. Here’s what you should be on the look out for in what looks to be a highly competitive race.

‘It Was A Good Winter To Train In Boston’: Marathon Looks To Be Quite The Competition

April 17, 2016

Many people in the city of Boston this weekend are gearing up to run Monday’s Boston Marathon or getting excited to watch what looks to be a very competitive race.

Bobbi Gibb Led The Way For Women At The Boston Marathon

April 15, 2016
In 1966, Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb became the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon. (Alex Ashlock/WBUR)

When she broke the rules to run the men’s-only race in 1966, “my father actually thought that I was deranged.”

Boston Marks 3rd Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

April 15, 2016

The 120th Boston Marathon is three days away, but the city will pause its preparations for the big race on Friday to mark the third anniversary of the bombing at the finish line.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King And The Movement He Led

April 04, 2016

The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was staying the night he was killed, has been preserved as a museum for the Civil Rights movement.

Lots Of Big Name Runners Will Be On Boston Marathon Sidelines This Year

March 24, 2016
Elite male runners leave the starting line of the 2014 Boston Marathon. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Race sponsor John Hancock Financial assembles a top field of elite athletes, but this year the company will also have a group of incredible athletes on the sidelines serving as “ambassadors” for the event.

The Replacements Straddled Line Between Fame And Failure

March 11, 2016
The Replacements (Greg Helgeson)

“Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements” shines light on the tortured past of the band members.

U.S. Picks Olympic Marathoners

February 22, 2016
Meb Keflezighi celebrates qualifying for the Olympics. He finished second in the Olympic Marathon Trials race in Los Angeles on February 13. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

The men and women who will run the marathon in Rio earned their spots on the team at the Olympic Trials Marathon in L.A.

Boston-Area Athletes Pursue Olympic Dreams In L.A. Trials Marathon

February 13, 2016

It’s a big day for about a dozen Boston-area athletes. They are in Los Angeles to run the Olympic Trials Marathon.

Boston-Area Marathoners Chase Spots On Olympic Team At L.A. Trials

February 12, 2016
The U.S. is one of the few countries that picks its Olympic marathon team from the results of a single race. Pictured here, runners start the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston in 2012. (David J. Phillip/AP)

The U.S. is one of the few countries that picks its Olympic Marathon team from the results of a single race.

Top College Runners Gather For NCAA Cross Country Championship

November 23, 2015
Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel (404) leads the women’s race at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville on Saturday. Seidel would go on to win race. Boise State’s Allie Ostrander, behind Seidel’s right shoulder, finished second. (Alex Ashlock)

Alex Ashlock went to Louisville to watch the championships for the first time since 1982. He brought back this report.

Remembering The Battle Of Ia Drang

November 12, 2015
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27: UPI War Correspondent, Vietnam, Joe Galloway speaks during the 'Vietnam in HD' panel during the History portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton on July 27, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Fifty years ago, Joe Galloway was covering – and participating in – the first major battle involving U.S. forces in the Vietnam War.

Marking Veterans Day At Massachusetts National Cemetery

November 11, 2015
More than 2,000 people planted flags by graves at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod on November 9, 2013 for Veteran's Day. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock speaks with 93-year-old Eileen Merullo of Revere, Mass., who served in the Army during WWII.

The Quest For A Two-Hour Marathon Time

October 30, 2015
Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the ING New York City Marathon November 6, 2011 in New York. Mutai, the 2011 Boston Marathon winner, won the men's New York Marathon in an unofficial time of two hours, five minutes and five seconds to smash the course record on Sunday. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

The current world record is 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds, but a new book argues a faster marathon could happen in the future.

‘I Drive Your Truck’ Songwriter Now Drives Her Brother’s Truck

October 07, 2015
Paul Monti is pictured in May 2011 with his son Jared's truck. Jared Monti was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. (Anna Miller/Here & Now)

Like the real-life story that inspired her hit song, Connie Harrington now drives a pickup truck to remember a loved one who died.

My Marriage With Andre: Cindy Kleine’s Documentary

August 01, 2013
From "André Gregory: Before And After Dinner." (Courtesy, Cinema Guild)

Cindy Kleine’s documentary portrays André Gregory as husband (hers) and artist.

The One That Got Away: Revisiting The 1970 South Carolina Gamecocks

March 23, 2013

Back in 1970, the NCAA basketball tournament wasn’t even called the “Big Dance.” There were only 25 teams in the tourney and South Carolina wasn’t one of them, although everyone expected them to be. With help from former Gamecock Bobby Cremins, Only A Game’s Alex Ashlock relives the heartbreaking end of the Gamecocks’ season.

New Mass. Health Cost-Cutting Law Takes Effect Today

November 05, 2012
Stuart Altman of Brandeis

The new state health cost-cutting law goes into effect today.

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