Marcela Gaviria

Marcela Gaviria

Producer, Director, Writer

Marcela Gaviria is a journalist and filmmaker with Rain Media in New York City. Over the past decade she has produced over 30 hours for PBS FRONTLINE, covering the rise of Al Qaeda, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the culture of risk taking on Wall Street, and America’s heroin epidemic.

Gaviria has earned every award in broadcast journalism multiple times, including seven Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, three du-Pont-Columbia Awards, four Writer’s Guild of America Awards, three Overseas Press Club Awards, and the prestigious George Polk Award.   In 2015 Gaviria was awarded two Emmy’s, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her 90 minute investigation on Charles Taylor and the deal he made with the American tire giant,   Firestone and The Warlord.

Gaviria first worked for FRONTLINE in 1994 on the production of Godfather of Cocaine, a film about the drug baron Pablo Escobar.  After five years of freelancing from her native Colombia, she returned to FRONTLINE to work on the four part series, Drug Wars.  That began a 15-year collaboration with veteran FRONTLINE producer/correspondent, Martin Smith.  Together, this now husband and wife team, have produced scores of documentaries including Egypt in Crisis (2013); Money, Power and Wall Street (2012); Wikisecrets (2011); The Spill (2010); The Quake (2010); Obama’s War (2009); The Madoff Affair (2009); Gangs of Iraq (2007); The Storm (2005);  Private Warriors (2005); The Choice (2004);  Beyond Baghdad (2004); Truth, War and Consequences (2003);  Kim’s Nuclear Gamble (2002); In Search of Al Qaeda  (2002); Looking for Answers (2001); Saudi Time Bomb? (2001); and Medicating Kids (2000).

Independently Gaviria has produced some of FRONTLINE’s most hard hitting films, including   Chasing Heroin (2015) Firestone and The Warlord (2014); The Retirement Gamble (2013),  The War Briefing (2008); and The Medicated Child (2008).

Gaviria obtained her BA from Brown University and her MA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Awards

Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

2015 New Media Award

Firestone and The Warlord (PBS FRONTLINE)

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award

2014 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for Multi-platform – Large

Firestone and The Warlord (PBS FRONTLINE)

Emmy Awards

2015 News and Documentary Emmy Award: Outstanding Investigative Reporting – Long Form

Firestone and The Warlord (PBS FRONTLINE)

2015 News and Documentary Emmy Award: Outstanding Research

Firestone and The Warlord (PBS FRONTLINE)

2014 News and Documentary Emmy Award: Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form

The Retirement Gamble (PBS FRONTLINE)

2013 News and Documentary Emmy Award: Outstanding Business and Economic ReportingLong Form

Money, Power and Wall Street (PBS FRONTLINE)

2008-2009 Emmy Award for Business and Financial Reporting: Outstanding Documentary on a Business Topic

The Madoff Affair (PBS FRONTLINE)

2005 News and Documentary Emmy Award: Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story

The Storm (PBS FRONTLINE)

2000 News and Documentary Emmy Award: Outstanding Background/Analysis of a Single Current Story (Program)

Drug Wars (PBS FRONTLINE)

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards

2003-2004 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award (Silver Baton)

Truth, War and Consequences (PBS FRONTLINE)

2001-2002 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award (Gold Baton)

Hunting Bin Laden, Looking for Answers, and Saudi Time Bomb (PBS FRONTLINE)

Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels

2014 Festival Selection

Egypt in Crisis (PBS FRONTLINE)

George Foster Peabody Awards

2009 George Foster Peabody Award

The Madoff Affair (PBS FRONTLINE)

2000 George Foster Peabody Award

Drug Wars (PBS FRONTLINE)

George Polk Awards

2012 George Polk Award for Documentary Television Reporting

Money, Power and Wall Street (PBS FRONTLINE)

 

Overseas Press Club Awards

2015 Edward R. Murrow Award citation for Best Television Interpretation or Documentary on International Affairs

Firestone and the Warlord (PBS FRONTLINE)

2010 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Television Interpretation or Documentary on International Affairs

Obama’s War (PBS FRONTLINE)

Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment

2011 Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Large Market

The Spill (PBS FRONTLINE)

Writers Guild of America Awards

2014 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Script: Television Documentary – Current Events

Egypt in Crisis (PBS FRONTLINE)

2013 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Script: Television Documentary – Current Events

Money, Power and Wall Street: Episode 1 (PBS FRONTLINE)

2012 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Script: Television Documentary – Other Than Current Events

WikiSecrets (PBS FRONTLINE)

2010 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Script: Television Documentary – Current Events

The Madoff Affair (PBS FRONTLINE)