Ashley Alvarado

Director of Community Engagement

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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

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.

Live from Inglewood: What's your issue this election season?

KPCC's Frank Stoltze chatted with diners at Inglewood restaurant The Serving Spoon Tuesday morning about the issues that are most important to them.

Southland scouts react to release of 'Perversion Files'

There's mixed reaction from people involved with Boy Scouting on the release of the organization's so-called “Perversion Files,” documents that detail abuse allegations over decades.