Alicia Bell (pronouns: they/she) is a Black, Queer person who was born and raised in Charlotte and lives and works there now trying to re-imagine a new future for journalism and the culture it will take to get us there.
Alicia works as the News Voices Organizing Manager at Free Press, where she works to build, strengthen, and transform the relationships between journalists and community members, so that together they can envision and enact a future of journalism that serves all people. They’ve arrived where they are via a path that includes electoral organizing in North Carolina, parent, student and youth organizing in New York, and housing, health and police-accountability organizing in Oakland. Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in educational leadership, politics and advocacy from New York University. In addition to their work with Free Press, they volunteer with Angelou House, working with community members to build edible gardens where they live and work.
Outside of this work, they find joy in raising their three children, laughing with their family, and spending time outdoors, especially around large bodies of nature, like oceans, canyons, and deserts.