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Alexander Heffner

Alexander Heffner is a journalist and civic educator who has reported extensively on the youth vote and the political engagement of young voters. His writing has appeared in leading newspapers and magazines and his analysis has been featured on nationally broadcast media outlets. He founded and edited SCOOP08 and SCOOP44, the first-ever online national student newspapers covering the 2008 presidential campaign and the first year of the Obama presidency. He also directed a nonprofit initiative for which he designed and taught civic education and journalism in under-served New York City classrooms. Read more about Alexander and his work here.


Where’s Alexander? Part VI: Young women at helm of U.S. politics

Here twenty-something single women, an electoral bloc instrumental in President Obama’s successful re-election bid, said they could breathe a sigh of relief after the Obama-Biden ticket’s re-election this month.


Where’s Alexander? Part V: Youth in charge

President Obama’s re-election victory shows that young people remain a focal point in the present-day American political system.


Where’s Alexander: Battleground Youth in Heartland U.S.A.

Alexander Heffner presents the fourth installment of his tour assessing the youth vote on America’s college campuses. Read Part I: In search of the college vote, Part II: Chasing the dream & Part III: Demographics and the millennial vote. The hours are counting down until Americans will elect a new president. While 18 to 29-year-olds comprise a significant [...]


Demographics and the millennial vote: Part III

As the presidential contest heads into its final days, Millennials in key battleground states – Ohio, Florida and Virginia particularly – could become a decisive variable in the election’s outcome.


Where’s Alexander? Part II: Chasing the dream


Alexander Heffner on the political and economic dreams on America’s college campuses.


In search of the college vote

After two election cycles engaged intimately in the coverage of younger voters, their principal policy concerns, their grassroots engagement and their ultimate turnout on Election Day, I continue my study this fall to reveal what is driving the youth vote during this campaign cycle.