May 2, 2012

Center for Investigative Reporting hires Alvarado as chief strategy officer

Joaquin Alvarado, who departed as senior v.p. for digital innovation for American Public Media in March, is joining the Center for Investigative Reporting as its first chief strategy officer, the nonprofit news organization announced today (May 2). Alvarado will work to expand membership, engage diverse audiences and increase revenue for the San Francisco-based center, the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization. Alvarado also will take a leadership role in the center's new YouTube investigative channel.

“When I joined the board of CIR last year, I said that CIR exemplifies a truly networked newsroom with some of the most talented reporters and producers working today,” Alvarado said in a statement. “It’s still true —  and even more so with the merger with The Bay Citizen. I’m thrilled to join CIR in this new position, working alongside the leadership and newsroom staffs to build a model that proves risk taking and engagement lead to sustainability and success.”

Previous to his work with APM, Alvarado was senior v.p. for diversity and innovation at CPB, and also headed up the National Public Lightpath, which advocates for high-speed fiber-optic networks.

Get a sneak peek at 'Sherlock,' and hear from its stars and producers

PBS and WNET are hosting an online question and answer session tonight (May 2), after a special screening of Sherlock: Season 2 from Masterpiece, live from New York City. Appearing will be actor Benedict Cumberbatch; Steven Moffat, co-creator; Sue Vertue, producer; and Rebecca Eaton, series executive producer, with opening remarks by Stephen Segaller, WNET programming v.p. Watch online at this link, beginning at 8:15 p.m. Eastern. The broadcast debut of Sherlock's second season is Sunday.

'Latino Americans' documentary project gets fall 2013 air date

A three-part, six hour documentary series, Latino Americans, will air on PBS in fall 2013, chronicling the lives of Latinos in the United States from the 1800s until today. The production, more than four years in the making, is a collaboration among WETA in Washington, D.C.; Latino Public Broadcasting; and Bosch and Co., a Miami-based production company specializing in films by and about Latinos. There will be a Spanish version of the series, a companion book by PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez, bilingual online educational resources and a national outreach campaign.

Project staff members have been working with the Latino Americans Content Advisory Panel, organized in 2008, to develop the series narrative. Panelists have backgrounds in economics, demographics, social and cultural studies, migration and various history specialties.

“Rather than focusing on one group or one event," said panelist Vicki Ruiz, professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at University of California, Irvine, "this series seeks to have a larger conversation across time and across Latino cultural groups in order to better understand the historical imprints of Latinos on the American journey.”

Major funders include CPB, PBS, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.