Alessia “Ali” Bianco is a junior at Northwestern University studying journalism and international studies.
Ali is editor-in-chief of her school’s largest general interest digital magazine, North by Northwestern. She has previously worked as a managing editor and politics editor. Her work on first-generation students and mental health on campus was recognized regionally by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Prior to joining WLRN, she spent three months covering immigration and demographics in Washington D.C. as a congressional correspondent with the Medill News Service.
A Venezuelan American raised in South Miami, Ali is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was president of her campus chapter of NAHJ. Her favorite stories are those that center the experiences of immigrants. She’s thrilled to report in a city that is surrounded by Latino voices and communities.
Outside of the recording booth, Ali can be found drinking her third cup of café Cubano and rereading a book from her personal library instead of going out to find a new one. Despite the humidity, Ali prefers Miami’s heat to Chicago’s wind any day.
'This place helped me raise my son': Heartbreak for families, as Virginia Key center fights sudden shutdownThe city of Miami suddenly shut down the Virginia Key Outdoor Center, a favorite of families and outdoor enthusiasts in South Florida, last month. Officials say the operation is behind on rent and lacks the proper paperwork. The owner says she's been trying to negotiate solutions with the city for months.
With Florida’s primary election less than a week away, candidates have been ramping up their campaigns. And some are using platforms like TikTok and WhatsApp for the first time as they try to reach voters.
The motion to pilot the “transition zone” passed in a 3-2 vote. But many Miami residents see the Virginia Key location as less than ideal.