Alexander is the host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in Variety, Medium, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, HuffPost Live and NY1, among other media outlets. His essays, reviews and op-eds have appeared in TIME, Reuters, RealClearPolitics, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Root, among other publications. He has lectured and moderated panels for the National Constitution Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum, Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University, E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies at Drake University, Quello Center for Telecommunication and Law at Michigan State University, College of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Political Management at George Washington University, Office of Academic Affairs at University of New Mexico, School of Social Sciences at University of California-Irvine and New Media Project at Bryn Mawr College. He was the political director for WHRB 95.3 FM and host of The Political Arena. A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Andover and Harvard.
Heffner is a bright new light on the journalistic scene: insightful and provocative.
Heffner is a totally engaging, whip-smart and approachable proponent for the country's young people. When he spoke to my class, my students perked up immediately. He not only spoke to them, he encouraged them. He inspired them. He is a devoted advocate for civic engagement.
I know of no one at such a young age who has committed himself more fully to the craft of journalism than Alexander Heffner. He has covered the Obama administration as a credentialed White House correspondent, interviewed Cabinet members and written incisively on topics as diverse as Millennial politics, civic education, Iranian youth and home lending.
Heffner is a remarkable young man whose involvement in current affairs was already impressive long before his college years.
Heffner is one of the most thorough and thoughtful political hosts in the country at any age. His personal style brings together the best elements of Edward R. Murrow, Jim Lehrer and Chris Matthews to create his own unique brand of journalism for the next generation.
Heffner combines a passion for politics with the skills to make it interesting for our next generation of leaders, and his boundless energy makes it exciting for all.
Heffner has a gift for understanding the politics of his generation. I most took away how impressive our undergraduates appeared under his leadership as a moderator.
Heffner has a keen and thorough understanding of U.S. politics. He writes much more humanely than most political junkies do. He is a master of all media, and knows how newspapers work.
Heffner is as well-informed as any so-called professional talk show host and it was a pleasure chatting him up and trying like heck NOT to get stumped by him.
Heffner exhibits a keen grasp of economic policy, from the impact of big business on competition to the conflict between countries and corporations, demystifying with grace and clarity what can be a difficult subject.