Alexi McCammond is a national reporter for Axios covering the 2020 presidential election. She joined Axios in 2017 after working for Bustle. Alexi’s reporting style earned her admirers at Axios, and within a few months, she was promoted from deputy news editor to national political reporter. In August 2019, Alexi received the Michael J. Feeney Emerging Journalist Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

Aside from her work at Axios, Alexi is a frequent contributor on CNN and MSNBC. This piece will look at Alexi’s upbringing and career, her fiancé, and her feud with former NBA star Charles Barkley.

Alexi’s dream of becoming a doctor ended after her father lost his job

Alexi Mccammond and her father

Alexi was born in 1994 in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up alongside two siblings; a sister and a brother. Alexi harbored dreams of becoming a doctor, but she had to abandon that dream after her father lost his job, and thus lost the means to pay tuition.

Fortunately, Alexi earned a scholarship to study sociology, romance languages, and literature at the University of Chicago. She started writing during her time in college, and immediately after her graduation, she got employed by Bustle.

Alexi maintains a good relationship with her parents and siblings. On 4th June 2020, she posted an Instagram throwback photo of her father and attached the caption:

“Hello. This is me as a bb with my dad. He’s got a lot less hair now, and mine’s just as crazy. But what keeps me up at night is that I can’t figure out what makes him different from George Floyd in the eyes of America. In the eyes of those alleged to protect us.”

Alexi’s fiancé Matt Kuncman prefers to stay away from the spotlight

Matt Kuncman and Alexi Mccammond

Before Alexi started dating Matt Kuncman, she was in a relationship with photographer and former Axios employee Rob Groulx. Alexi and Rob had a more public relationship compared to her relationship with Matt.

Matt has a private Instagram account, but he occasionally appears on Alexi’s page. On 8th June, Alexi posted a series of Instagram photos and videos announcing that she and Matt had gotten engaged. She attached the following caption:

“He joked about our wedding on the 4th date, though we both knew by the second that we were in trouble. I’ve felt happier, more confident, and 100% fearless since we met. He’s my best friend/ life partner and my rock during insane times. So, out of an abundance of caution: we’re getting married!”

She spoke out against domestic violence after former NBA star Charles Barkley threatened her

Alexi Mccammond and Charles Barkley

On 19th November 2019, Alexi tweeted that former NBA player Charles Barkley told her that, “I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you.” She explained that after she objected to Barkley’s comments, he dismissed what he’d said as a joke. Alexi used the experience to talk about domestic violence and the need for people to speak out against the vice. 

Barkley apologized the following day via a tweet that read, “It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all. There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.” Alexi responded with the following tweet:

“The comments Charles Barkley made to me are not acceptable. Threats of violence are not a joke, & no person deserves to be hit or threatened like that. Silence only allows the culture of misogyny to fester. And those kinds of comments don’t merit of the record protections.”

In the aftermath of the controversy, people unearthed derogatory tweets about Asians that McCammond wrote during her freshman year in college. Alexi deleted the tweets, and apologized via a tweet that read:

“… I am deeply sorry to anyone I offended. I have since deleted those tweets as they do not reflect my views or who I am today.”