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Welcome!

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 Hi!  I'm Alex Spearman. Currently I am the Executive Producer for Late News at WJLA-TV the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC.  See also: Linkedin Profile I'm a passionate journalist with a dedication to community engagement and a knack for producing in-depth and appropriately aggressive coverage. I'm driven by fairness, accountability and fun. Through recent opportunities I have been able to step out of the newsroom and report/field produce. Being able to use my experience as a photojournalist, interviewer and long form story writer has been an exciting career development that I want to build on. My favorite challenge is taking what seems like a complex issue and helping it relate to the viewer. I get excited about helping an anchor or reporter prepare for what could be a challenging or noteworthy interview. When it comes to community engagement I enjoy and thrive in communicating through Twitter, Facebook and our station's website. Connect with me: @AlexJSpearman  As

A 'Twirling' Legacy

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  Rayceen Pendarvis describes herself as the "Queen of The Shameless Plug, the Empress of Pride and The Goddess of DC." For decades, Pendarvis has been a force in the District of Columbia. From the 1963 March on Washington, to Black Lives Matter Plaza in 2020, Rayceen's dynamic presence has been a part of nearly every modern social and civil rights movement in Washington. More at WJLA.com

Now Is The Time

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  This year was supposed to D.C.'s 40th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade. ABC7 covers the event every year, and in lieu of being able to do so this year because of COVID-19 limitations, we instead put together an hour-long special dedicated to Dr. King's legacy that aired at 4 p.m. Monday on ABC7 News. I had the honor of producing the program. Watch here. 

'It did feel personal': D.C. bar hit by vandals braces for indoor dining ban

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  A brutal cold winter for Washington, D.C. restaurants could be getting worse. "If this was a typical Friday night, I'd have about 12 to 15 employees, tonight I have two," said Keaton Fedak, General Manager of The Dirty Goose. In the face of surging COVID-19 cases, 7 On Your Side has learned that Mayor Muriel Bowser plans to ban indoor dining on December 23rd. Adding insult to industry for The Dirty Goose, the restaurant and bar on U Street, NW was vandalized Sunday night, with the fire pits in their 'streetery' being damaged. More on WJLA. 

A public health crisis: forum seeks to reframe gun violence in DC

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  2020 is DC's deadliest year in 15 years, with 194 homicides reported so far. 11 of those homicide victims have been under 18-years-old, the youngest being 1-year-old Carmelo Duncan who was laid to rest Tuesday after being shot and killed on December 4th. Monday a forum was held bringing together community activist and health care professionals to discuss a relatively new theory, that gun violence should be treated as a public health emergency. More at WJLA.  

Within REACH

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Hopefully it's not just "fluff." For 6 months now I've been seeking answers on why and solutions to the racial COVID-19 death disparity in the District of Columbia.  From researchers, to politicians to policy advocates all have pointed to longstanding racial inequalities.  With the recent passage of the REACH Act by the DC Council.  There is hope that things can change.  Read more at WJLA.  

"Stupidity On Steroids"

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 Today I talked with Virginia Senator Mark Warner about the lack of action from congress in getting another COVID-19 stimulus as the pandemic rages.  "I think it is possible that we'll get a package, I think the level of pain out there is just going to be too great, what frustrates the hell out of me is that we gotta go through this political dance of the back and forth rather than getting rational people in the room and cutting a deal." More at WJLA . 

14 Million, Down The Drain

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What would you do with $14 million dollars?  DC spent at least that much on a new public pool that they have to now tear down, before it even opened.  More on WJLA.