Alexandra DeFazio

Ali is in her second year at the J-School, specializing in new media. She worked as a research assistant at the Investigative Reporting Program, and helped publish a groundbreaking report on criminal police officers in California. Ali also covered City Hall and a city election for Oakland North.

Before the J-School, Ali was a fact-checker and contributor to San Francisco magazine where she wrote stories on everything from repairs at the Oroville Dam to a snowman at the SF MoMA. She was editor in chief of her student newspaper, the San Francisco Foghorn. She started the award winning podcast, Trump 101. She graduated as the Valedictorian from the University of San Francisco.


  • UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

  • University of San Francisco, B.A. Politics


  • Research Assistant at the Investigative Reporting Program (IRP)

  • Politics Reporter at Oakland North

  • Editor in Chief of the San Francisco Foghorn

  • Fact-checker at San Francisco magazine

  • Events Intern at the Brookings Institution

  • Constituent Intern in the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein


  • Valedictorian of the University of San Francisco's College of Arts and Sciences


Investigative reporting, Politics


Audio Journalism, Multimedia, Narrative Writing