Fernando Alfonso III Fernando Alfonso III is a senior supervising editor who manages a department of supervising editors, line editors and reporters responsible for powering NPR.org.
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Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III

Senior Supervising Editor, Digital News

Fernando Alfonso III is a senior supervising editor who manages NewsHub, a department responsible for powering NPR.org.

Alfonso recently worked for CNN where he was part of its live news team responsible for leading breaking news efforts across the network. He led coverage of Kobe Bryant's death, the Astroworld tragedy and the Black Lives Matter protests. Before CNN, Alfonso worked for the Houston Chronicle where he was part of the team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for its Hurricane Harvey coverage.

At the Herald-Leader, Alfonso covered Appalachia's opioid crisis and produced an award-winning investigative series on a controversial family court judge. Before moving to the commonwealth, Alfonso was one of the Daily Dot's first staff writers covering Reddit and 4chan. He was also the company's first art director. During this time, Alfonso produced a GIF-filled travel series that culminated in a panel at South by Southwest. Alfonso's first job in journalism was at the Post-Standard. While at the newspaper, he conducted a series of late-night stakeouts that resulted in an award-winning investigative story that ended up getting two public officials fired roughly a day after it ran.

Alfonso grew up in New York's Hudson Valley region. He received his master's degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from Syracuse University, where he was also awarded its Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities. Prior to that, Alfonso earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Connecticut. One of his professors was the inspiration for Robin Williams' character in the "Dead Poets Society." Alfonso is an avid letter writer and cyclist.

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Leaders of some of America's most well-known journalism schools, which include Graciela Mochkofsky (from left), David Ryfe and Jelani Cobb, weigh in on the state of the news industry and how they are making sure students are prepared to enter a turbulent business. Daniel Mordzinski, David Ryfe, Jelani Cobb hide caption

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Boot Baby, who wears a black balaclava, and Boot Sheisty, in pink, have built a following of more than 85,000 across Instagram and TikTok through their boot removal business in Atlanta. Fernando Alfonso III/NPR hide caption

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A ride with Boot Girls, 2 women challenging Atlanta's parking enforcement industry

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From top left, clockwise: Entrepreneurs Rebekah Bastian, Lizelle van Vuuren, Amy Nelson, Jaclyn Fu and Katica Roy. From top left, clockwise: Photo provided by Lisa Elliot, Lizelle van Vuuren, Jane G. Photography, Katica Roy and Jaclyn Fu hide caption

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Activist Heather Booth and the Jane Collective, an underground abortion service, provided thousands of women with abortions before Roe v. Wade. Here, she speaks in 2015 during the memorial service for civil rights leader Julian Bond. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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This German woman has been collecting the tiny balls from fountain pens for 10 years

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright testifies during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in 2017 in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become U.S. secretary of state, has died

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2022. Alexander Vilf/POOL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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