Alex Emslie

KQED Reporter

Alex Emslie is a criminal justice reporter at KQED. He covers policing policy, crime and the courts. He left Colorado and a career as a carpenter to study journalism at City College of San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University's journalism program with a minor in criminal justice studies. He joined KQED in 2013. Alex is proud of his work at KQED uncovering that a single Vallejo police officer shot and killed three suspects over the course of five months. He received the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Best Scoop award in 2015 for exposing a series of bigoted text messages swapped by San Francisco police officers. He co-produced a Northern California Emmy award-winning documentary film and podcast on the state prison system and a 40-year-old murder case. Alex's reporting on the San Francisco police shooting of Mario Woods won a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2018, and his reporting on police killings of people with mental illness was cited in amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.