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Alex Rochester

Digital Community Outreach Coordinator


Alexandra is a British-Canadian who is figuring out what home means to her and other people here in the Puget Sound region. A University of Washington alum with a Master's in Communication in Digital Media, she specializes in audience engagement and community content. She fell in love with radio when dials and mixtapes were still a thing, and has been producing, presenting, and carrying the torch for radio and public media since 2014.

Location: Seattle

Languages: English


  • caption: The Tacoma Refugee Choir performs.

    Tacoma Refugee Choir helps members find hope and home through song

    Over the past 10 years, more than 30,000 refugees, from more than 70 countries have resettled in Washington state through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. It’s one thing to welcome refugees; it’s another to make them feel at home. The Tacoma Refugee Choir has helped give that feeling to refugees, as well as immigrants and native U.S. citizens.

  • caption: General Manager Steve Hickman stands at the top of Badger Mountain Ski Area with Waterville, Washington, visible in the distance.

    Volunteers keep skiing affordable at Badger Mountain

    If you enjoy skiing, you probably know it takes more than just some skis, boots and poles to slide down a hill. It also takes money. Tickets at Washington’s big ski resorts run from $65 to $150 a day. That’s not the case at Badger Mountain Ski Area in Central Washington. There, the price is a mere $10 a day. That’s because the hill is a nonprofit, entirely run by volunteers.

  • caption: Monkeyshines are glass floats, a traditional style of glass orb. These include an emblem for the lunar new year sign.

    The hunt is on for 'Monkeyshines' in Tacoma

    Every lunar new year, a group of volunteer artists sneak through Tacoma in the dead of night. They hide thousands of colorful glass “floats” – 5- to 10-inch orbs, with an insignia stamped on the top. If you’ve been in Tacoma sometime over the past month and seen people shaking bushes, climbing trees, or turning up rocks, you’ve likely seen a collector of what are locally called “Monkeyshines.”

  • caption: Tom Dyer (far right) with his band The True Olympians

    A musician's love for Olympia inspires a 40-song album

    There are many things that inspire people to write songs, and for local musician Tom Dyer it was his hometown of Olympia. He was so inspired that he wrote not just one song about the state capitol, but 40. They make up his latest album, Olympia - A True Story. He shared an account of the album’s genesis and creation with KUOW’s “Soundside.”

  • caption: Throughout her life, Delia Cano touched many parts of Seattle history. From the early days of REI, to the creation of Education for All Act.

    A 'force to be reckoned with,' remembering REI seamstress Delia Cano

    Today, REI has over 15,000 employees, but in the early 1960s, one employee, Delia Cano, a Peruvian immigrant to Seattle, was responsible for sewing many of their earliest products. She recently passed, and KUOW’s Soundside spoke with two of her children about her personal and professional legacy.

  • caption: The Royal Guard is the official fan group of the OL Reign, staking out sections 122 and 123 at Lumen Field.

    Meet the Royal Guard, the OL Reign's most dedicated supporters

    For the OL Reign, it's been a decade-long journey to Lumen Field. The team initially played at the Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila before moving to Memorial Stadium at the Seattle Center. Then there were three seasons at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma before returning to Seattle. This last weekend marked the first playoff game for the Reign in their new home, and more than 21,000 fans filled the seats. While this post-season journey ended in disappointment, The Royal Guard say they're just getting started.

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    The books that bind us -- your favorite Washington books and authors

    Summer is a great time to curl up in the park with a good book. It's also a time when we start to thaw a bit from our Seattle freeze and head out to explore everything Washington has to offer. From the Palouse to the Peninsula, we have a lot of landscapes to explore. Those landscapes -- and their histories -- have inspired many of our local authors. Today Soundside speaks with some of your favorite authors about what makes Washington a literary wonderland.