Ashley Alvarado

Director of Community Engagement

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Ashley Alvarado is Southern California Public Radio's Director of Community Engagement.

Alvarado works closely with KPCC leadership and content teams to develop strategies and opportunities to engage new and existing audiences across platforms. She is focused on engagement and source development as a means to diversify the sourcing in news coverage and on shows, help enrich programming and grow audience. Among her efforts is Feeding the Conversation, an ongoing series of engagement-sourcing gatherings that bring together members of the community with KPCC hosts, reporters, producers and editors around specific themes or coverage areas.

Her work with community engagement 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.

Alvarado currently serves as Journalism That Matters board president. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she double-majored in journalism and Spanish.

Stories by Ashley Alvarado

What questions do you have about arts and juvenile justice?

Your questions will help inform KPCC’s education coverage, in person, on-air and online. Enter your question and contact information below.

#SoCalSoCurious: Vote on your favorite question

Take Two journalists want to answer your burning questions about Southern California as part of our ongoing “SoCal. So Curious.” project.

#SoCalSoCurious: We answer your questions about the wildfires

KPCC journalists are covering the fires burning across Southern California and are working hard to answer community members' questions.

#SoCalSoCurious: Your marijuana questions answered

The sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal in California as of Jan. 1, 2018. Here we tackle some of your pot-related questions.

#SoCalSoCurious: Get your California pot questions answered

As KPCC prepares for a multiplatform series looking at the future of legalized recreational marijuana in California, we want to know your questions.

KPCC joins national project to raise awareness of hate crimes

The Documenting Hate project is a coalition of organizations working with community members to create a database of hate crimes across the country.

Health insurance is complicated — ask us your questions!

Questions will be voted on by fellow community members — and might help inform KPCC’s upcoming health coverage.

#SoCalSoCurious: What do you want to know about early childhood development?

Your questions will be voted on by fellow community members, and they might help inform KPCC’s education coverage.

#SoCalSoCurious: Vote on your favorite question about the beach

We recently invited KPCC listeners to let us know what piques their curiosity when it comes to the beach, and now it’s time to vote.

#SoCalSoCurious: What are your questions about the coast?

As we get deeper into the summer months, we want to be here to help answer your burning questions when it comes to our stretch of the California coastline.

What are your questions for truck drivers?

KPCC is delving into the causes behind truck-car crashes. We’re also asking how drivers can keep themselves safe. This is where we need your help.

KPCC launches storytelling series 'Unheard LA'

Community storytellers will share their true tales in a three-part series of live shows around Southern California.

Go ask Alex: What are your questions about navigating Southern California?

As she prepares to take over hosting duties for KPCC’s "Morning Edition," Alex Cohen would like to tackle your questions to help make your mornings brighter and more informed.

How you can shape KPCC reporting

Tell us: What do you want to know? What have you always wondered about Southern California and the people who call it home? What’s the issue you want investigated?

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.