Alexander is host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. He has been profiled in The Wrap, Mediaite, Raw Story, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Des Moines Register, The Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium, and on MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, ABC and the BBC.

His writing appears in The Daily Beast, The Independent, USA TODAY, WIRED, TIME, NYT’s Room for Debate, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. He is coauthor of the bestseller A Documentary History of the United States (Tantor Media, 2020; Penguin, 2018) and recipient of University of Denver’s Anvil of Freedom Award, Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication, and Yale University’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

He has lectured at the Newseum, National Constitution Center, Museum of American Finance, FDR Library and Museum, The American University in Cairo, Initiative for Truth at University of Sydney, Center for Information and Bubble Studies at University of Copenhagen, Institute on Constitutional Democracy at University of Missouri, Civil Discourse Lab at the University of New Hampshire, Department of Writing and Rhetoric at University of Mississippi, Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall University, Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State, Clarke Forum at Dickinson College, Alpha Seminar at Carroll College, among other institutions of learning.

Heffner’s talk will be at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) on April 8, and he will be joining the panel discussion on April 9 at 12:30 p.m. (CDT).