Álvaro Alba, 2020 winner
Álvaro Alba is an ethical, experienced journalist with more than 22 years of work at OCB, having contributed on all three informative platforms: radio, television and digital.
A stalwart guardian of journalism ethics and reporting standards, Alba has shielded the integrity of the editorial process by tirelessly ensuring proper context and accurate fact-checking. During his time as a supervisor, he has worked as Coordinator of Special Programs, an assignment editor of TV Martí, Executive Producer of Special Programs, and both Managing editor and Director of Martinoticias.com
- In 2019 Alba produced key radio and television series’ such as, “Cuba: 60 years” — this series which began in 2018, documents the historical trajectory of the Cuban revolution and “Angola, the Forgotten War,” which depicts Cuba’s involvement in the African continent.
- He also coordinated special coverage of “100 Years of Communism: Failed Experiment” and “Raúl Castro: The Route of Succession,” among others on Martinoticias.com.
- And, while supervising Radio Martí, in November and December of 2019, Alba developed the radio news series “1989 – 30 Years”, to celebrate the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Hi excellence goes well beyond 2019. He participated in the design of special programs on the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany (1999) and the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity trade union in Gdansk, Poland (2005). In 2005-2006 he developed a series of special programs in coordination with Jackson State University (Mississippi) dedicated to civil rights fighters in the United States.
In 2017, he was awarded the Emmy Award in the Historical Documentary category (2017) for documentary “Wings of Freedom”, which depicted the plight of the 2506 Brigade pilots that fought to liberate Cuba from the tyranny of the Marxist-Leninist Castro regime in 1961.
As one of the original editorial staff members who started at the inception of Martí, Mr. Alba has made critical contributions to Martí. As a historian who studied abroad in the Ukraine, Alba has brought to OCB the experience and knowledge of the transitions in Eastern Europe and the former USSR as well as the coverage of war conflicts in Moldavia (1991), Tajikistan (1992) and Chechnya (1992) (Russia). As a reporter, he has covered the presidential elections in Russia (2000), in the United States in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2016 and 2020 including the events of the Euromaidan in Ukraine (2014). He has covered several presidential summits, the first one in 1991 between Mikhail Gorbachev and George H. W. Bush and the last one in Singapore, among Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un (2018).