Alex rejoined WBEZ in February 2017 to coordinate the station’s coverage of local, state and federal government and politics.
He first started at WBEZ in 2010 as a producer on Morning Edition, and later worked his way up to the politics beat. As a reporter, he had a particular interest in covering municipal finance, the state and city pension crises, and the debates over LGBT rights and gun rights. His 2014 series on the “Dark Arts of Politics” was recognized with awards from the Press Club of Atlantic City, the Society of Professional Journalists, PRNDI, the RTNDA and the Illinois Associated Press. He’s also twice been named Best Newswriter by the Illinois AP, in 2011 and 2013.
Starting in late 2014, Alex was the local All Things Considered host at Vermont Public Radio, where he also launched a people-powered journalism podcast called Brave Little State, modeled on WBEZ’s Curious City.
Alex is the proud son of the late Chicago radio newsman Barry Keefe, who taught him everything he knows about the family business.
Lightfoot is the city's first black female and openly gay mayor. After her swearing in, she laid out a plan to make Chicago "a city that families want to move to, not run away from."
But his congressional salary puts him in the top five percent of income earners.