Wondering how I ended up here? Welp, I’m going to tell you anyway, because, why else would you be here? So, I kickstarted my journalism career as a reporter at the New Haven Register, Connecticut’s second largest newspaper, in 2010. There, I covered everything from small town scandals to slightly larger city crime. As I was earning my wings as a multi-media journalist, I was chosen as a fellow for the competitive New England Newspaper and Press Association’s Freedom of Information/ Investigative Reporting Program, and as a panelist the following year. I was also part of the reporting team that received the Society of Professional Journalists award for coverage of Hurricane Irene. (My apartment literally turned into the newsroom during that storm.)
In 2012, I switched gears and moved to New York City to manage communications for Community Solutions, an international nonprofit that works to end homelessness. There, I wore a number of hats that would turn the Mad Hatter green with envy: social media strategist, project manager, event planner, blogger and more — all in the name of systems change.
In the spring of 2015, I joined Mic, where I had the privilege of writing puns about the news for the daily newsletter and mobile app, writing snarky content for messaging bots, driving growth strategy and managing editorial partnerships. I’m now the Editorial Director of Audience Engagement at Mic, where I oversee strategy for all of those things. When I am not in meetings, I can be found by the snack rack.
When I’m not doing journalism things, I spend my free time baking, undertaking DIY projects, running and sampling craft beer. I also sit on New York Women in Communications Inc.’s Young Professionals Committee.
In addition to all of this, I am a digital consultant and a freelance photographer. You can reach me here if you’re interested in working with me: alexsanders88[at]gmail[dot]com.