Nina Alvarez is an award-winning television journalist, producer, and filmmaker. Her experience spans from network news to reality to feature documentary, working in Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa.
With partner Jon Lowenstein, Alvarez is independently producing and directing The Ring of Hope, about a group of African-American boys and their mentors in Chicago’s southside. She was a producer on CNBC’s Marijuana USA, which explored the medical marijuana business boom in Colorado in 2010.
Alvarez produced, directed, and shot, Very Young Girls, a verité feature documentary that follows the stories of New York girls trying to get out of “the life” of commercial sexual exploitation. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007, and broadcast on the Showtime Network in 2008.
Alvarez was a field producer on the Oscar-nominated and Emmy award-winning HBO documentary, Which Way Home, which followed a group of boys on the dangerous journey to the United States from Central America. She covered the war in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for NBC News and has produced and directed documentaries for MSNBC, Discovery Channel, and MTV News and Documentary.
At ABC News for eight years, Alvarez was a Miami-based producer for World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She also established the network’s Mexico City bureau. Prior to that, she was an associate producer on the acclaimed documentary series Turning Point. In 2005, she started Zócalo Media to focus on multimedia storytelling: from the short segment to long-form documentary.