My name is Alex DeNuzzo. I am a 17-year-old high school senior dual-enrolled in Sacramento City College and Sierra College. Rather than continue on a traditional high school path, I chose to take community college classes as a homeschool student for my final year. Before that, I was enrolled in Natomas Charter School’s Virtual Learning Academy.
I am an environmental justice and climate change activist. I’ve done volunteer work organizing with Sunrise Movement Sacramento, 350 Sacramento, Fridays For Future Sacramento, the Sacramento Climate Coalition, and other local advocacy groups since September of 2019, when I helped drive turnout in preparation for the September 20th international youth strike. During that time, I played a key role in organizing another youth strike in November, along with virtual actions for Earth Day 2020.
I interned for Mayor Darrel Steinberg’s Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change, Housing, and Transportation, Julia Burrows. In that role, I brought a youth voice to the city’s policies on climate change, serving as a liaison between the city and youth climate organizations across Sacramento. I attended a training and direct action with Sunrise Movement in Washington DC where over 20 teens were arrested at the US Capitol Building. I participated in the city of Sacramento’s Citizens’ Planning Academy, learning how to engage in the city planning process.
Prior to becoming involved in grassroots activism in the Sacramento area, I joined the Climate Reality Leadership Corp, attending a 3-day conference in LA led by former Vice President Al Gore with the Climate Reality Project. There, attendees learned how to effectively communicate the scale and urgency of the climate crisis.
Beyond activism, my interests are broad. I was a member of the Sacramento Theatre Company’s Young Professionals Conservatory from 2016–2019, originating the role of Tommy Reed in the world-premier showing of “The Donner Party: A New American Musical.” I am proficient in hip hop and jazz dance and have taken classes in tap and break dancing. I bake very good brownies (along with other pastries), and paint, draw, and am an amateur graphic designer. I have been very active as a member of the Sacramento community, which I believe will only make me a more effective local news correspondent.
I’ve long been interested in journalism. I consume media from news sources almost every day. I’ve helped write press releases for actions and events, and pitched stories to journalists at local news outlets. I’ve seen journalism’s profound effect on society, and how journalists can bring coverage to issues that otherwise few would know or care about. Yet I’ve never actually done it—until now, that is. For these reasons and more, I’m excited to be joining the team here at AccessLocal.TV. I can’t wait to get to work serving Sacramento, using Access Local’s platform to lift up marginalized voices and report on issues that matter within our community.