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 Deputy Editor of theGrio, she reports on the most critical news and issues shaping society and culture with a lens on criminal justice reform, education, politics and entertainment.
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.
Natasha has also been a contributor to Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Sirius XM, Cheddar TV Live and The New York Times.
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.
Her 2015 TEDx talk “The Courage to Report” detailed her TV news reporting experience in the era of digital media and the power of citizen journalism.
Natasha is a winner of the 2014 CBS Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship, the Harvard Women’s Leadership Awards 2017 Rising Leader Award, and was recently named a “game-changing woman in media” by GirlBoss.com.
She is the 2018 NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year.
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.