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Andre Natta

Digital Media Producer



André manages WBHM’s digital media strategy. The Bronx, NY native still writes when he can though, contributing to a regular column about diversity in journalism for The Poynter Institute. He started an online publication about Birmingham and its progress, The Terminal, in 2007.

André majored in architectural history while minoring in architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He came to journalism after a career as an economic development professional, having worked for Main Street Four Point Approach-based programs in Savannah and Birmingham, receiving his Certification in Professional Main Street Management from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2008. He also worked in the hospitality industry for several years while in Savannah.

André currently serves as one of the organizers for #wjchat, a seven-year-old, twice-monthly Twitter chat about digital journalism; is the lead organizer of the Carnival of Journalism, a monthly blog carnival; serves on the Online News Association's ethics committee; and is a member of the communications committee for the United Way of Central Alabama. He is a past president of the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists and the Birmingham Jaycees.

Alabama Prisons Ruled ‘Horrendously Inadequate,’ Must Improve
06-27-2017

A federal judge is ordering Alabama to improve the way it treats mentally ill prisoners after ruling that the state fails to provide constitutionally adequate mental health care in state lockups. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of Montgomery says Alabama is putting prisoners’ lives at risk with “horrendously inadequate” care and a lack of services […]

Alabama’s Governor Resigns Amid Scandal Over Alleged Affair And Cover-Up
04-10-2017

Gov. Robert Bentley was accused of abusing his office to try to conceal an affair with a staffer. He was facing impeachment proceedings, and has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors.

Latest Birmingham Area Weather Related Updates
04-5-2017

Click here for updates related to the severe weather affecting North Central Alabama on April 5, 2017.

Governor Declares State of Emergency In Advance of Predicted Storms
04-4-2017

The statewide declaration will be in effect until the threats have passed. The expected severe weather may include destructive and long-track tornadoes.

Area School Closings and Delays, April 5, 2017
04-4-2017

Click here for a list of area closings and delays for Wednesday, April 5, 2017, due to the threat of severe weather in our listening area. Updates will be made as new information is available.

Watch Live: Witness Testimony In Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing
03-23-2017

Today is the 4th and — what is scheduled to be — final day of the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch. Testifying about the Supreme Court nominee will be experts and outside groups. Gorsuch himself will not be taking questions, or in the hearing room. Those expected to speak on his behalf are judges […]

Live Coverage of Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings on Judge Gorsuch
03-21-2017

NPR Politics team will live-blog the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context, and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

Live Coverage of National Security Hearings
03-20-2017

The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context, and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

Where Alabama’s Members Of Congress Stand On The New Health Care Bill
03-14-2017

To help Americans understand where Congress stands on the debate over this legislation, NPR and Member stations around the country have compiled a database of Congressional members’ positions on the bill.

Live Annotation of President-Elect Trump’s Press Conference
01-10-2017

The NPR Politics team, editors, and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday. They will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time. We will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and […]

NPR Politics Team Facts Checks President Obama’s Farewell
01-10-2017

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom are live-annotating President Obama’s farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 8 pm CT. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama’s comments as he gives them. They’ll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health […]

School Closings for January 9
01-8-2017

Below is a list of area closings and delays for Monday, January 9, 2017. Refresh the page for updates as new information becomes available. Advent Episcopal School — 10:15 a.m. start Alabama School of Fine Arts — closed Alabama Waldorf School — closed Alabaster City Schools — two-hour delay The Altamont School — closed Banks […]

Despite Controversy, A College Band From Alabama Will March In Trump’s Parade
01-6-2017

Talladega College isn’t known for its football team — because it doesn’t have one. But it does have a band — the 200-member Marching Tornadoes. It is the pride of the campus in this small town about 50 miles east of Birmingham, Alabama. The Presidential Inaugural Committee included Talladega’s band on its list of participants […]

2016 General Election Results
11-8-2016

NOTE: The results listed below are for this evening’s contested races in the state of Alabama. Updates will be made to the page as results are made available. Results courtesy of Associated Press and alabamavotes.gov President 2,522 of 2,522 precincts – 100 percent Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine (Dem) – 35 percent Donald Trump/Mike Pence (GOP) – 63 […]

Employment Opportunities
07-25-2016

WBHM is a member-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), “Your NPR news station,” and home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, a resource for the blind and print-impaired. Exciting times are ahead for WBHM, where our listeners encourage us to do more as we work to build a better community, inform […]

MAP: Where Are Birmingham’s Vacant School Buildings?
05-6-2016

WBHM’s Mary Scott Hodgin recently reported on surplus property owned by Birmingham City Schools. Vacant schools are a common sight throughout Birmingham. The buildings symbolize decades of population decline and budget cuts. As Birmingham’s city center and interest in historic properties grows, many hope these large structures will be revitalized. We’ve created a map showing where these empty schools are located. Take a look.

State House Committee Approves Bill Making Changes to Birmingham Mayor-Council Act
04-13-2016

Wednesday morning a bill that would make changes to the city of Birmingham’s Mayor-Council Act was approved by the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation committee 10-3, with 5 abstentions.

UAB Names Ehsan New Men’s Basketball Coach
04-5-2016

The UAB Men’s basketball team has a new coach. Robert Ehsan will be the sixth head coach of the program. He was formally introduced by UAN Athletics Director Mark Ingram during a Tuesday afternoon press conference at Bartow Arena.

UAB’s Jerod Haase Named New Stanford Men’s Basketball Coach
03-25-2016

UAB men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase has accepted the head coaching position at Stanford. Jeff Goodman of ESPN first reported the news on Friday morning and formally announced by Stanford on Friday afternoon.

ALEA Audit Shows No Discrepancies, Report Says
03-24-2016

WBRC recently obtained a copy of an audit of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency released last month. The 17-page document, published to their website on Wednesday morning, “did not disclose any significant instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.”