Alex was born in London in 1974 and spent his early childhood in Nigeria. He cut his teeth in journalism on the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the Lymington Times in England. He worked as a feature writer and commissioning editor on the London Evening Standard before going freelance in 2003.
Alex has taught journalism at Kingston University in the UK and authored a biography (Last of the Rock Romantics) for Ebury Press, part of the Random House group. He has written about the death penalty, crime, harsh sentencing, religion, culture and human rights issues for British GQ, The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph , and Guardian magazines, Esquire, The Atlantic, The Nation, the Texas Observer, and Texas Monthly.
He is the writer and director of The Last 40 Miles, an award-winning animated short film about the death penalty.
He hosted Dead Man Talking, a crime podcast for Audioboom, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. which won silver at the 2019 British Podcast Awards.
He won the 2015 Media Award from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He is a Fellow of The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University.
A dual British-U.S. citizen, Alex is currently based in the Hudson Valley, NY. His latest podcast is "The Innocents," about wrongful conviction, and he edits for Stranger's Guide magazine.