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

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

Stories by Ashley Alvarado

How You Can Be A Part Of KPCC’s Reporting

While you’re listening to us, we’re also listening to you.

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.

What have you always wanted to know about Costco?

Your questions will be voted on by fellow community members, and they might help inform KPCC's programming online, on-air and in person.

#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: How can I become a KPCC reporter?

KPCC listener Kim Shepherd of Los Feliz asked: “How can I become a KPCC reporter to help research and write stories of all these great questions?”

#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.

Meet KPCC’s 2017 summer interns

This summer, 10 early-career journalists and students will learn and contribute to KPCC's newsgathering effort.

Curious about life in SoCal? We've got answers!

Earlier this year, KPCC introduced an effort to get you more involved in generating story ideas. Soon you’ll hear stories branded with "SoCal. So Curious."