Alva French is a Video Producer at BuzzFeed News and is a 2011 alum of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Previously, she was as a producer for, NBC NEWS’ Meet the Press and The Associated Press.

Already, Alva has lived and worked on three continents – North America, Europe and Asia. Most recently, she lived in Gwangju, South Korea where she worked as an English teacher to children and adults.

Prior to South Korea, Alva lived in Paris – the city of her birth – working as Communications Editor for CISAC writing on international intellectual property law, entertainment and technology in the quarterly magazine, CISAC NEWS. Alva also started working on her labor of love, Tria and Dan, a documentary film on her grandparents.

Before her globe trotting adventures, Alva lived in NYC where she graduated from New York University and later worked in new media marketing for Elektra Entertainment Group/WMG and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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.

Alva is a bilingual (French/English) professional journalist based in New York City. Her work has been published by The New York Daily News,,, The Associated Press, DNAinfo New York,, and the Huffington Post.

May 2017

Meet the Press – Press Pass: Bruce Riedel

Another Press Pass conversation I produced with Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institute and Director of its Intelligence Project, Bruce Riedel on his new book, “What We Won: America’s Secret War in Afghanistan.” August 2014

Meet the Press – Press Pass: Lord John Browne

Another fascinating chat I produced on former BP CEO Lord John Browne’s decision to come out as a gay man discuss his new book, “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business.” July 2014

Meet the Press – Press Pass: Anita Hill

Here’s a Press Pass conversation I produced with law professor Anita Hill on the documentary about the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that made her famous. July 2014

TODAY SHOW: Piper Kerman, from Inmate to Advocate

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Here’s a piece I helped produce that aired on the Today Show with NBC NEWS special correspondent Maria Shriver on ‘Orange Is the New Black’ author, Piper Kerman, now an advocate for prison reform. July 2014

Bill Clinton’s Meet the Press Interview [NBC NEWS]

I handled audience preparation and other logistics for Q and A segments with both President Bill Clinton and other keynote panelists at Clinton Global Initiative America in Denver – June 2014.

Make the Case: Is College Worth it?

Here’s another MAKE THE CASE conversation I co-produced with Dale Stephens of UnCollege and Anne Johnson of Generation Progress. They debate whether going to college is worth it. June 2014

Whistleblower or Traitor? Experts Make the Case

Here’s a conversation I co-produced for the MEET THE PRESS web series, MAKE THE CASE. Jeremy Bash, former Chief of Staff to the CIA and founder of Beacon Strategies and Jesselyn Radack, part of Edward Snowden’s legal team, debate whether Edward Snowden is a whistleblower or a traitor. May 2014

Meet the Press – Press Pass: Dr. Ben Carson

Celebrated surgeon Dr. Ben Carson came on Press Pass to say he doesn’t see himself as a politician despite buzz in some circles encouraging him to run in 2016. Another one of my favorite Press Pass segments that I produced. May 2014

Make the Case: Is Raising the Minimum Wage Worth It?

Here’s another MAKE THE CASE I co-produced on whether or not raising the minimum wage is a good idea. May 2014