Alejandro Figueroa reports for WYSO, the NPR affiliate station in Dayton, Ohio. He covers food insecurity in southwest Ohio, particularly the efforts by local organizations and government agencies to address a problem that has increased dramatically since the pandemic started. Figueroa was born in a small coastal town in Puerto Rico and in 2014 he and his family moved to Columbus, Ohio. He is a 2021 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and while there he reported for The New Political, a student-run publication focused on politics and government. Figueroa covered news at the campus and city level, with a special interest in city government and the coal industry in southeast Ohio. As an intern for Ohio Magazine, he reported on great travel destinations in the state.
WYSO is the only National Public Radio affiliate station in the Dayton, Ohio, area. The station also does local and state news along with public affairs programming and news specials. WYSO station began broadcasting in 1958 as a student-run station on the campus of Antioch College. Today, it belongs to the community, with oversight from a seven-member board of directors comprised of community leaders. It reaches 14 counties in southwest Ohio.
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