Greatest Hits

Here are my favorite print, tv, and video news stories I have worked on during my career in journalism. NOTE: My posting of these news stories displays the range of my journalistic and storytelling talent and interests. This does not qualify as an endorsement of the people I objectively reported on, their political points of view, their lifestyle choices, businesses, or product lines. 

(Updated October 3, 2018)

Here are some of my favorite live television segments I produced and/or co-produced for NBC News’ Meet the Press:
NBC News
Staff News Producer for “Meet the Press”
Washington DC

Bill Clinton’s Meet the Press Interview
The 42nd president talks wealth and politics, foreign policy and marijuana legalization.
June 29, 2014


MTP Extra: Exclusive Economic Panel at The Clinton Global Initiative

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.”
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

BuzzFeed News
Contract Video Journalist
2017-2018
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
Washington DC
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.
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Published on Mar 5, 2013
Vice President Nicolas Maduro says Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died at age 58. (March 5)
I wrote and edited this piece from archival and news sources as a staff video producer.
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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)
I produced, wrote and edited this video as a staff video producer for AP.
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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)
I pitched, produced, wrote and edited this piece as a staff producer for AP.
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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.
I pitched, produced, wrote and edited this as a staff producer for AP.
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Reuters TV/Reuters Video News
Contract Video Journalist
2016 – 2017
New York, NY
Published February 22,  2017
Louisiana fight pits bayous vs. pipelines
Jody Meche and his fellow crawfishermen are joining forces with environmentalists to protect southern Louisiana wetlands from the Bayou Bridge pipeline expansion, set to begin crude oil delivery later this year. I scripted, narrated and edited this video report in February 2017.
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.
Published July 25, 2017
America’s student loan crisis hits the working poor especially hard
Lakisha Johnson is a homeless single mother in Philadelphia. She was hoping to move out of a homeless shelter and into a new apartment with her daughter using her tax refund. The U.S. Department of education had other plans, as a Reuters review found the federal agency is clamping down on borrowers who have defaulted on their student loans by garnishing their wages, holding back IRS refunds, and reducing Social Security benefits.  I field produced this video on location in Philadelphia, PA, and later collaborated with Senior Reuters Reporter Michelle Conlin to script her narration based on her special report on student loans. I edited this video to accompany that special report.
Published August 25, 2017
A look at Venezuela’s Injured Activists

The streets of Venezuela have been rocked by anti-government unrest since April, as protestors rally against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Those demonstrations have left more than 125 people dead, thousands arrested and nearly 2000 injured. Now, Hundreds of Venezuelans are still struggling to nurse their wounds without medicine and state support. I scripted, narrated and edited this video report for Reuters.tv. 

 


Early career reporting
Non-professional journalism work from 2009 — 2011

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.

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.
http://www.wnyc.org/people/alva-french/

Gwangju News
Gwangju, South Korea
2009 – 2010

 

Alva French – Gwangju News – January 2010 “DMZ: Symbol of a Shaky Peace” Pages 1-2 of 3

Alva French – Gwangju News – January 2010 “DMZ: Symbol of a Shaky Peace” Page 3 of 3

 

Alva French Gwangju News December 2009 Profile – “Sushi Chef, Dae-il Choi” 1 – 2 of 2 pages

Alva French Gwagnju News March 2010 Profile: “Marme Sunim, A Buddhist Nun” Pages 1-2 of 2 pages