Alec Dent

Alec Dent is the culture editor and a staff writer for The Dispatch. He is a graduate of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC Chapel Hill, and previously oversaw The Dispatch's fact checking team.

Alec Dent

Silicon Valley Bank’s New Ownership, Explained

The new deal won’t end the federal government’s involvement in the SVB failure.

Ford’s China Problem

Worries arise over a Chinese company’s involvement in an American automotive factory.

Protecting the King 

A review of Netflix’s ‘Agent Elvis.’

More Monkey Business

The U.S. was already running short on primates for medical testing—and the problem just got worse.


Did an alphabet soup of wokeness cause Silicon Valley Bank to fail?

History of the Bored, Part II

A review of ‘History of the World, Part II.’

The Gaps Between the Law and Artificial Intelligence

The burgeoning AI industry is raising questions for which federal law has few answers.

‘A Bear Did Cocaine!’

A review of ‘Cocaine Bear.’

The Cabin Problem

A review of ‘Knock at the Cabin.’

Microsoft, China, and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Rethinking tech collaboration in an age of great-power competition.