ABOUT NATASHA

Natasha S. Alford is an award-winning on-camera host, journalist, writer and producer driven by the power of storytelling to inspire and change people’s lives.

 

As the Vice President of Digital Content for TheGrio digital network, Natasha leads strategic creative vision and production for all original video content on TheGrio. 

 

She is also a Senior Correspondent for TheGrio covering social issues including criminal justice reform, education, politics and culture.

 

Natasha is known for her dynamic on-camera interviews where she’s probed the minds of prominent figures such as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Cory Booker, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Gloria Steinem and more.

 

At TheGrio, Natasha is host and creator of the original video series “True Story with Natasha Alford,” where she goes into the field to report untold stories impacting black America.

 

Named “Emerging Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2018, Natasha S. Alford is a 2019 Pulitzer Center grantee for her series on race, policing, and identity
called: “A Revolution for Puerto Rico’s Afro-Latinos.”


Other honors include being a 2019 Maynard 200 Fellow, and a 2017 Harvard Women’s Leadership Award recipient. Alford's TEDx talk "The Courage to Report" detailed her experience as a TV
news reporter in the era of digital media and Black Lives Matter.


Alford's writing and on-air commentary has appeared on TheGrio for four years during her tenure as Deputy Editor, as well as numerous other outlets from The New York Times to MSNBC to
The Breakfast Club.

 

A former educator, Alford has also served as an Adjunct Assistant
Professor in visual journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. 

 

Prior to theGrio, Natasha was a general assignment news reporter at WROC-TV (News 8) in Rochester, NY.  There she chronicled the local rise of Black Lives Matter, the plight of the homeless community and stories of domestic violence survivors.

 

Before her career in journalism, Natasha worked at the investment management firm Bridgewater Associates, LP,  eventually leaving to become a middle school English teacher in Washington, D.C. through Teach For America.  Inspired by her classroom teaching experience, she went on to work in the field of education policy.

 

A native of Syracuse, NY, Natasha graduated from city schools and developed a passion for writing, public speaking  and poetry when she was 9 years old, after winning her first oratory competition.

 

Natasha holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism (MSJ ‘14), and a B.A. from Harvard University in Social Studies (‘08).​  

 

She currently resides in New York City and devotes her free time to mentoring aspiring journalists and students, through The OpEd Project.

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