Ashley Alvarado

Director of Community Engagement

Contact Ashley Alvarado
Ashley Alvarado is the award-winning director of community engagement at Southern California Public Radio (KPCC + LAist).

Her work focuses on developing strategies and opportunities to engage new and existing audiences across multiple platforms. Among her efforts is the engagement-driven, community-centered live storytelling series Unheard LA, leading human-centered design projects, and Feeding the Conversation, an ongoing series of engagement-sourcing gatherings that bring together members of the community with KPCC journalists around specific themes or coverage areas.

Ashley also serves as board president of Journalism That Matters, on the steering committee of Gather, as mentor for Membership Puzzle Project’s Join the Beat cohort, as a senior fellow for engagement for the USC Center for Health Journalism, and as a curator for American Press Institute’s BetterNews.org.

In 2019, Southern California Public Radio won the inaugural Gather Award for engaged journalism portfolio at the Online Journalism Awards.

Stories by Ashley Alvarado

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.

25 years after LA Riots, what questions do you have?

What are the stories you would assign if working with KPCC reporters and news shows like Take Two? Share your suggestions and help shape our coverage of the 25th anniversary.

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.

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.