Alex provided crucial training and consultancy for hostile environment reporting I did for KPBS. The TV and radio stories he helped with won multiple San Diego Press Club awards and were picked up by NPR and PBS NewsHour. For those stories, Alex joined me on several reporting trips to the tunnels that branch from the Tijuana River canal, a high-risk environment sometimes used by criminal organizations. Thanks to his support, I was able to capture scenes that might have been impossible otherwise. He also provided essential Hostile Environment Awareness Training, covering topics ranging from risk assessments to self defense and first aid, preparing me for a story that involved hiking through some of the deadliest smuggling routes at the U.S.-Mexico border.