Alexia Underwood is a senior editor at Al Jazeera’s digital channel, AJ+. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she’s reported internationally from countries like Kenya, Egypt and Italy. She was the recipient of an Africa Gates Foundation Reporting fellowship, an AUC (CASA) advanced Arabic fellowship, a Foreign Language and Area Studies year-long fellowship from UC Berkeley and a Critical Language Scholarship.
Prior to joining Al Jazeera in 2014, Alexia was a freelance journalist based in Cairo where she covered the counterrevolution and political transition and aftermath of the Rabaa massacre, a reporter on the healthcare beat in California’s Central Valley, and a politics reporter in the East Bay communities of Oakland and El Cerrito. She’s also been an Americorps fellow, and has worked for the National Geographic Channel, AMIDEAST and FRONTLINE/world. Alexia received two Masters degrees from the University of California in Journalism and International and Area Studies with a focus on the Middle East.
Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic’s CityLab, Guernica, VICE, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications.