Melanie Asp Alvarez is the executive editor at Elemental, a multimedia collaboration between public radio and public television stations in key western cities covering sustainability issues including water, renewable energy, climate change and urbanization. Previously, Alvarez was the assistant news director and executive producer of the student-powered, faculty-led Cronkite News newscast. Airing weeknights on Arizona PBS, Cronkite News has been consistently recognized as the top college newscast in the nation. Before joining the Cronkite School in 2007, Alvarez worked as a newscast producer at KKTV-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado; WTSP-TV in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Flordia; and KPHO-TV in Phoenix, where she also served as an executive producer for the morning newscast and special projects.
In 2014, Alvarez was awarded her Master’s Degree from Arizona State University in Liberal Studies with a focus in Creative Nonfiction, Science and Society. 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.