Alexandra Leslie joined the 12 News team in April 2018 first as a morning news reporter.
Since she first started at 12 News, Alex has grown to love health stories, becoming fully immersed in the news of the pandemic, plus the development and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, which started during a roughly year-long stint working exclusively from home.
In September 2021, Alex was honored as one of the Rhode Island Foundation’s COVID heroes for her reporting during the pandemic.
In November 2021, Alex was named WPRI 12’s Employee of the Year for 2021, after being chosen by a majority of her colleagues.
Alex has a mild form of Cystic Fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. She’s open to talking about it – if you have questions, just ask!
Previously, Alex worked for WVNY/WFFF in Burlington, Vermont. There, she worked as a producer, anchor, and general assignment reporter.
Alex graduated from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College with a B.A. in Journalism. There, she was involved with the student-run radio and television programs, and received a New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association first-place award for best news story in 2013.
While in college, Alex interned with WHDH in Boston for two summers alongside award-winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi-Ryan. Alex also interned with a tech blog while studying abroad in London.
Alex grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts. Her family is scattered throughout the Bay State, and she’s thrilled to be within an hour’s driving distance to see them.
Alex is also a proud dog mom to her rescue, Eddie, a puggle (pug and beagle) from Arkansas. He often steals the spotlight from her, and she lets him.