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Melanie Asp Alvarez, Assistant News Director, Cronkite News, Lecturer

Email: melanie.alvarez@asu.edu
Office: Room 471
Phone: 602.496.5294

Curriculum Vitae

Cronkite News – Broadcast

As assistant news director at the Cronkite School, Melanie Asp Alvarez instructs and supervises student producers for the award-winning student-produced live newscast, Cronkite News.

In April 2010, News was awarded Best of Festival by the Broadcast Education Association, making it the top student newscast in the United States.

Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Alvarez worked as a newscast producer at KKTV in Colorado Springs, Colo.; WTSP in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.; and KPHO in Phoenix, where she also served as an executive producer for the morning newscast and special projects unit.

Alvarez has received several regional Emmy Award nominations, as well as "Best Newscast" and "Best Producer" awards from the Arizona Associated Press.

Alvarez joined the Cronkite School in January 2007 after developing a new special topics course designed to train the next generation of television news producers.

During her time at the Cronkite School, Alvarez has also been the executive producer for "Cronkite: Legend & Legacy" a one-hour documentary tribute to commemorate Walter Cronkite and his enduring impact on the students, faculty, alumni and the future of the Cronkite School.

She also produced a short-form video tribute to NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams, recipient of the 27th Annual Water Cronkite Award; the piece went on to win a national Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association in April 2010.

Alvarez graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1997 with a degree in broadcast journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, USC's independent student newspaper, and participated in the International Communications Studies Program, spending a summer touring mass media outlets in London, Paris, Prague and Geneva. She is a native of Arlington, Va.