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Natasha  Alford

Natasha Alford

CNN Political Analyst & Anchor for theGrio 

Natasha Alford

CNN Political Analyst & Anchor for theGrio 


Natasha S. Alford is an award-winning journalist, host and media executive driven by the power of storytelling to inspire and change people’s lives. Natasha serves as Vice President of Digital Content for theGrio and an anchor for theGrio TV. She is also a CNN Political Analyst, offering commentary on the news, politics, and movements of the moment.

Natasha is known for her dynamic on-camera interviews where she’s probed the minds of prominent figures such as Vice President Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Stacey Abrams, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Gloria Steinem, and more. Natasha was named “Emerging Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2018.

She was selected as a 2019 Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grantee, and used the grant to executive produce the original Amazon Prime Video documentary on the complexities of Afro-Latin identity titled: Afro Latinx Revolution: Puerto Rico (2020). In 2020, Natasha was awarded a Black Voices for Black Justice grant for her journalism work and announced the formation of a new scholarship to support aspiring journalists of color.

Other honors include being a 2020 Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy graduate, 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 local TV news reporter in the era of digital media and Black Lives Matter.

Alford's writing and on-air commentary appeared on theGrio during her tenure as Deputy Editor, as well as numerous other outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, Vogue, and The Oprah Magazine. 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.

A native of Syracuse, NY, Natasha graduated from city schools and 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). Natasha is currently completing a Master of Public Policy at Princeton University and resides with her family in New Jersey.

Speaker Videos

Natasha S. Alford 2024 Anchoring Analyst Reel

American Negra Book Launch Event with Natasha S. Alford and Abby Phillip in NYC

Speech Topics

Inspiring Women to Become Effective Leaders

Diversity & Representation in Media, Politics & the Workplace

The African-American Digital Media Landscape & Current Affairs

Afro-Latino Identity & the Complexities of Black Communities

Gender Parity in the Workplace

Education Practice, Policy & Politics