Alex Nieves


About Me

I cover cannabis policy for POLITICO California. Before joining POLITICO, I covered local government for Richmond (CA) Confidential and interned with the Los Angeles Daily News, NBC Nightly News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Sports Illustrated.

I have a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in Diplomacy & World Affairs from Occidental College.

Work Experience

POLITICO, Cannabis Reporter

2018 - Today

  • Cover cannabis policy for POLITICO California and assist with California Playbook newsletter

Richmond Confidential, Politics Reporter

2017 - 2018

  • Used public records to write enterprise, investigative, and feature stories in a city of over 100,000 people

  • Reported on court cases involving land use and climate change litigation

  • Used local sources to break an award-winning story about how Richmond systematically failed to prevent vacant home fires

  • Managed Richmond Confidential’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts

Sports Illustrated, News Fellow

2015 - 2016

  • Identified, wrote and edited breaking news stories for

  • Wrote up to 10 stories daily while juggling multiple, long-term projects

Southern California News Group, Sports Intern


  • Reported on professional, college and prep sports in the greater Los Angeles area

  • Created multimedia packages to accompany longform stories

NBC Nightly News, News Intern


  • Was lead interviewer for story about Bill Cosby survivor

  • Conducted interviews and assisted with video production

  • Worked with NBC Nightly News producers to learn video editing techniques



University of California, Berkeley

Master of Journalism

Occidental College

B.A. Diplomacy & World Affairs

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