Alex is a veteran reporter who rose through the journalism ranks in a career launched at age 10 flinging The Houston Chronicle newspaper. A journalism-school product of the University of Texas-Austin, he reported for the university paper before joining The Austin Chronicle weekly. He moved to Alaska after commercially fishing for Bristol Bay salmon in 1997. That was the worst season in years, so he stuck with journalism. He became editor at Alaska Newspapers Inc., focusing on rural issues while living and traveling extensively in off-road Alaska. He did time as rural affairs reporter at the Anchorage Daily News, and joined Alaska Dispatch in 2011. He often focuses on business- and oil-related topics.