Enterprise Reporting

Here are some examples of some original stories I worked on as a one-person band, responsible for shooting, writing and editing.


May 18, 2011
Text & Video report by Alva French
5Pointz Aerosol Art Center in Long Island City has been considered a mecca for graffiti artists, hip-hop performers and aficionados for more than 10 years. Yet as the urban art center battles for its existence, some graffiti artists wonder where the big-name celebrities are to defend the haven against developers eager to transform the property into an apartment complex.

Curated by veteran graffiti artist Meres One (Jonathan Cohen), 5 Pointz encompasses 200,000 square feet of industrial space between Jackson Avenue and Davis Street where artists showcase their aerosol creations. The graffiti is legal through an agreement with the building’s owner, Gerry Wolkoff of G & M Realty.

But in March, Wolkoff announced the building could become the cornerstone of a neighborhood revitalization project aimed at transforming Long Island City into the next downtown Brooklyn.

Meres handpicks the artists from submissions from around the world. His goal is to transform the space into a graffiti art museum. Over the years, 5Pointz has attracted well-known hip-hop and R & B artists like Joss Stone, Grandmaster Flash, and Doug E. Fresh. Stone is one of the few celebrities to start a petition to prevent 5Pointz from being closed.

Zeso, a graffiti artist from France and a 5Pointz denizen, recently took time to talk about what makes the center more than just a colorful New York artifact.

– See more at: http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2011/05/last-tag-looms-for-5pointz/#sthash.lWLjmvGE.dpuf




Gospel tourism in Harlem is becoming big business. “Any Given Sunday” explores this new phenomenon through interviews with church leaders, church goers and curious tourists looking for an authentic New York experience.

“Any Given Sunday” was broadcast on CUNY-TV (channel 75 in New York City) on January 12, 2011.

Producer, camera, writer, editor:
Alva French

Additional Camera:
Chase Lindsay Rosen
Lisha Arino

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 NBCNews.com 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