Here are my favorite print, tv, and video news stories I have worked on during my career in journalism.
(Updated August 2018)
Here are some of my favorite live television segments I produced and/or co-produced for NBC News’ Meet the Press:
Staff News Producer for “Meet the Press”
Bill Clinton’s Meet the Press Interview*
The 42nd president talks wealth and politics, foreign policy and marijuana legalization.
June 29, 2014
A special panel discussion of income inequality and economic mobility from The Clinton Global Initiative America in Denver, Colorado.
June 29, 2014
PRESS Pass: Dave Barry
Humorist Dave Barry on his new book, “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty.”
PRESS Pass: Anita Hill: “Incredibly flawed” Process put Clarence Thomas on the Court*
Professor Anita Hill on the documentary about the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that made her famous.
July 10, 2014
PRESS Pass: Dr. Ben Carson*
Dr. Ben Carson on his new book, “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.”
May 29, 2014
Dr. Maya Angelou remembers Nelson Mandela*
NBC News correspondent Harry Smith talks with author Dr. Maya Angelou about her friendship with Nelson Mandela.
December 8, 2013
Press Pass: How Jon Gnarr’s Joke Made Him Mayor
Comedian and former Reykjavik, Iceland mayor Jon Gnarr discusses his new book, ‘Gnarr! How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World.”
Path to Redemption for Sterling?*
Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson tells David Gregory what Donald Sterling needs to do to receive forgiveness in the court of public opinion.
May 4, 2014
Bryant Gumbel on Sterling: I’m Surprised That We’re Surprised*
Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO’s Real Sports, says on Meet the Press the L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling already had a bad reputation before he allegedly made racist comments.
April 27, 2014
PRESS Pass: Carlotta Gall*
New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall on her new book, “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014.”
April 11, 2014
PRESS Pass: Dr. Michio Kaku
Theoretical physicist and author Dr. Michio Kaku on his new book, “The Future of the Mind”. May 1, 2014
“Orange is the New Black” Author: from Inmate to Advocate*
Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black”, tells Maria Shriver why she is now an advocate for women’s prison reform.
Aired on TheToday Show
Contract Video Journalist
New York, NY
Chicago Teens Join Parkland To Fight Gun Violence
These teenagers fighting gun violence in Chicago say the country has reacted very differently to their activism efforts than it has to the Parkland students’ efforts. So the two groups are teaming up to call for gun control.
I pitched this video, then filmed it as a one-person band on location in Chicago, later scripted, and edited the video published on BuzzFeed News’ online platforms in March 2018.
The Associated Press
Staff News Video Producer
Published on Apr 18, 2013
A teenager whose photograph appeared on the front page of the New York Post in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings says he was stunned to see himself portrayed as a potential suspect. (April 18) I wrote and edited this video as a staff video producer for AP.
Published on Mar 5, 2013
Vice President Nicolas Maduro says Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died at age 58. (March 5)
Published on Feb 5, 2013
The first all-girl rock band in Indian-controlled Kashmir has decided to disband after only one concert because of threats its teenage members received on social media and a demand from a top Muslim cleric that they stop performing. (Feb. 5)
Published on Jan 11, 2013
Miss District of Columbia, Allyn Rose is in a fight for her life, and it’s not just for the title of Miss America. She tells the AP why she’s planning to get a preemptive double mastectomy after her pageant season ends. (Jan. 11)
Published on October 17, 2012
As the US Supreme Court decides what role race should play in college admissions, some Asian-Americans argue that the use of race as a criteria hurts more than helps. Asian-American college students discuss their personal experiences.
Reuters TV/Reuters Video News
Contract Video Journalist
2016 – 2017
New York, NY
Published June 8, 2017
Bars open early for Comey’s Senate testimony
Bars across the US opened early so that folks could watch Former FBI director James Comey’s long anticipated Senate testimony about possible interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election. I pitched, narrated, filmed the NYC scenes and interviews, as well as edited this breaking news piece for Reuters.
Early career reporting
Journalism work prior to 2012
Last Tag Looms for 5Pointz
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
A Chocolate Factory in Brooklyn
A class assignment led to my discovery of a chocolate factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn, called Cacao Prieto. I shot and edited this video while a student at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism in Spring 2011.
Women Boxers of Gleason’s Gym
I shot and edited this video at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn as part of a class assignment while a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in Spring 2011.
Here’s a link to several web stories I wrote as newsroom intern to accompany radio stories that aired on “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition” for WNYC Radio, New York’s NPR Station.
Gwangju, South Korea
2009 – 2010