In 2013, Alix won another first prize in personality profiles in the AJPA's Rockower awards, this time for a feature about a Jewish man freshly out of prison after serving 22 years for murder.
Alix won a first prize in reporting on women in the AJPA's Rockower Awards in 2019 for this feature, but the real prize was Neshama's reaction, who told her it was the best article to ever be written about her.
Vy Nguyen chose to undergo an Orthodox conversion to Judaism while dealing with a rare form of cancer, converting and getting married within months. Her remarkable story begins around minute 58.
An Orthodox rabbi and a Holocaust survivor emerge as two advocates for psychedelic use; one for treating trauma and the other for greater connection to the divine. Starts around minute 37.
The stories Alix did about people living meaningful lives after prison led J.'s editor to ask her to write about James "Sneaky" White, a Vietnam Veteran serving year 37 of a life-without-parole sentence for killing the violent ex-husband of his wife, Nancy. As an inmate, White founded a college program at Ironwood State Prison, which has been responsible for educating over 1,500 men. Now every prison in the state has such a program, largely due to the success of his. Alix went to meet him in Vacaville's California Medical Facility in January, 2018, and her story about him came out in late March. When an investigator from Governor Jerry Brown's office came to meet Jim two months after the story appeared, he told him that Brown and his senior staff had all read the story about him in the Jewish newspaper. In August 2018, his case went to the state parole board in Sacramento, where Alix joined 12 others -- mostly Vietnam Vets and men whose lives had been greatly impacted by him in prison -- testifying on his behalf. Later that day, The parole board approved his pardon, and then in November, the state supreme court approved it as well. His was among the commutations that Brown issued right before Christmas. It took a full year for him to get his own date with the parole board, which happened in August, 2019. Alix has been featured talking about the case on the podcast Unorthodox. Meeting Jim, as well as being the one to bring his story to a wider audience has been, by far, the most rewarding story of her career. Alix won a first prize in personality profiles in the American Jewish Press Awards in 2019 for this story, but of course, the real prize came on Jan. 21, 2020, when she witnessed him walking out of prison as a free man.
Alix took a selfie with Jim at his first breakfast out of prison on Jan. 21, 2020.