Alva French is a Video Producer at BuzzFeed News who earned an MA in Journalism with a concentration in International Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She was selected by her peers to be the student speaker at the Class of 2011’s graduation ceremony alongside The New Yorker’s David Remnick. See her speech here.

Born in Paris to a French-American mother and an Ivorian father, Alva is bilingual and attended public schools in Washington Heights, NYC and Albany, NY.

She later graduated from New York University and worked in online marketing for Elektra Records and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Alva is producing and directing a long form documentary on her maternal grandparents, Tria and Dan French, a married interracial couple who escaped the US in 1949 to start a family and pursue careers in the arts in France. Tria was a friend and literary agent to James Baldwin, as well as co-founder, with Shelley Roitman, of the Paris-based production company Shelltrie Productions/Enterprises Unlimited. In 2014, Tria was posthumously recognized as a vital contributor to the 1964 founding of Democrats Abroad.

Alva’s work has been published by BuzzFeed News,, The New York Daily News,,, The Associated Press,  NBC News, and the Huffington Post.

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Updated March 2018