Profiles in Success
Born in the Dominican Republic in an impoverished community, Alexandra Gratereaux’s family moved to Miami when she was six years old. Her parents explained to her that they had done their job by struggling to bring her to the United States and implored her not to “waste this opportunity.” The 21-year-old Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Honors student has not let them down.
Alexandra, a resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn graduated cum laude on May 13, 2010, having received numerous Commencement awards and two fellowships. Through the fellowships, she spent time in Africa and Costa Rica, employing her media arts and journalism skills to improve the lives of residents there.
Majoring in media arts and journalism, Alexandra knew by the time she was five that she wanted to be a journalist. Amazingly, at 14, she convinced the Miami Sun Post to hire her as an unpaid part-time writer and photographer. She wowed them with a portfolio of her writing and photography that appeared in the Beachcomber, her high school newspaper, where she was art and features editor.
Alexandra now works part-time for WOR radio as a news assistant and online reporter. “Today, you need to be everything and more to be prepared for a job in media – a photojournalist, print journalist, and you must have a feeling about who you are and what you care about,” she says.
Among her Commencement awards are: the George Polk Student Award, the Kruglak Fellowship in International News Reporting, the Jerry Dantzic Award for Excellence in Photography, the John F. Schultz ’93 Award for Outstanding Service in Media Arts and the University Honors Program Award for Outstanding Service.