Nina Alvarez is an award winning journalist, filmmaker, and video photographer. For over twenty years, she has been dedicated to reporting and telling stories through news segments, radio reports, television documentaries, and multimedia. Alvarez produced, directed, and wrote The New Americans, a documentary chronicling the Latino-Caribbean migrations to the United States following WWII through the 1970s, part of the Latino Americans PBS series to be broadcast in October 2013. She also produced, directed, and photographed the feature documentary Very Young Girls, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007 and was broadcast on the Showtime Network. Other projects include: Marijuana USA (CNBC), The Battle for America’s Schools (MSNBC), Which Way Home (HBO), and Aftershock, Diary of Gideon in Pakistan (MTV).
Alvarez has produced multimedia works in collaboration with photographers of the international agency Noor, which have screened at World Press and the Maison de Le Parc La Villette in Paris. She currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of Facing Change Documenting America, a non-profit photography initiative inspired by the Farm Securities Administration project of the 1930s and 1940s, to “introduce America to Americans” through photographic stories.
Alvarez began her journalism career at ABC News in 1993 where she produced for World News Tonight, Nightline, and Good Morning America. She has reported and produced for Univision, NBC, CNN, NPR, and Al Jazeera from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. A native Spanish-speaker, she was born and raised by her Salvadoran family in New York City.