Ashley Alvarado Public Engagement Editor

Ashley Alvarado
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Ashley Alvarado is the Public Engagement Editor for Southern California Public Radio.

Ashley works with KPCC’s Public Insight Network, a group of several thousand people who help the newsroom cover Southern California by sharing their insights, experiences and expertise. People who respond to Public Insight Network questions inform KPCC’s reporting and have appeared in many award-winning news reports and on talk show segments.

Alvarado is focused on helping to reach and engage communities across Southern California in KPCC stories through the Public Insight Network as well as offline outreach.

Alvarado’s work with community engagement and the Public Insight Network began at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she served as community news editor and oversaw the news-engagement and public engagement staff at its California Watch and The Bay Citizen projects.

She helped develop offline engagement and nontraditional distribution strategies as well as reader resource guides and community toolkits, which provide ways for people to become involved in the issues highlighted by California Watch articles. For a 19-month-investigation on earthquake safety in California Schools, Alvarado wrote and designed a coloring book that was initially produced in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, traditional and simplified Chinese. Turkish and Kurdish versions have since been added, and more than 136,000 are printed or in production.

Alvarado currently serves as managing editor of Los Cabos Magazine and previously worked at Los Angeles and Tu Ciudad Los Angeles magazines. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she double-majored in journalism and Spanish.

Stories by Ashley Alvarado

What makes a good school in Southern California?

What makes a school or school district thrive? Let us know your questions, concerns and the things you wish you knew going into the school-choice process in L.A. for our "Good Schools" series.

Lego movie's key audience may be AFOLs: Adult Fans of Lego

Adult Fans of Lego are part of a built-in fan base that is sure to drive ticket sales for "The Lego Movie," which opens Friday.

The crossword turns 100: Can you complete our KPCC puzzle?

In light of the 100th anniversary of the crossword, we've created a KPCC puzzle filled with radio trivia. How will you score?

How to build a Día de los Muertos altar (photos)

On Nov. 1 and 2, many in Southern California, Mexico and across Latin America celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Where do you find peace and quiet in LA?

Los Angeles can be busy and loud, and finding a quiet space to think can be tough. That's why KPCC wants to know: Where do you go to get away from it all?

#DearMayor: The 7 issues you want LA's new mayor to address

Mr. Garcetti, here’s what KPCC's audience told us are their top priorities for you to tackle first.

#DearMayor Live from Eagle Rock: What should the next mayor do first?

We'll be here in Eagle Rock from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday gathering your thoughts. Come by to chat with political reporter Frank Stoltze and other KPCC staff.

What to call people here illegally? We asked, you answered (Map)

‘Illegal alien’? ‘Undocumented immigrant’? You told us what term you use, and we mapped the responses. What term do you typically use in everyday conversations?

#DearMayor: What should the next mayor do first?

We're wrapping up our #DearMayor chat for today. We heard quite a lot from area residents, which we'll be reading over in the coming weeks as we approach the April 22nd mayoral debate.

#DearMayor Live from NoHo: What should the next mayor do first?

Parking, arts education, transportation and the film industry were among the concerns those in NoHo had for L.A.'s next mayor during Wednesday's "DearMayor cafe town hall.

Beyond calamari: What to do with all that squid

Jumbo Humboldt squid are invading Southern California waters, much to the delight of sportfishing enthusiasts. But what are we to do with all this squid?

Where you can find Santa Claus in LA

Santas in Los Angeles aren't all rosy-cheeked. L.A. actually offers a number of ethnic Santas for people of color.

You answered our question: What will you do at the End of the World?

The world is scheduled to end Friday — or is it? We asked people to share what's on their must-do list before the apocalypse, and the answers were surprising.

How does Sandy Hook affect views on Second Amendment?

We asked sources in the Public Insight Network how incidents like this affect their views on gun control. Let us know what you think.

PHOTOS & MAP: Santas share kids' most memorable requests

Caution: This post contains Santa spoiler alerts.