Alexander has been a reporter for 10 years for "ARD-aktuell/tagesschau.de" in Hamburg and is now an editor in the multimedia team "Regionen" at Deutsche Welle. Drechsel has worked for public broadcasters NDR, WDR as well as for political magazines at ARD and the news agency Reuters. He completed his journalism training at Spiegel Online. Drechsel has volunteered in a number of disaster areas and political hotspots. He helped, for example, in refugee camps in Rwanda after the genocide and 2008 in Birma. He trains journalists on Online/New Media and investigative research.