Alyona Minkovski

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Alyona Minkovski
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Born Alyona Leonidovna Minkovski
(1986-01-30) January 30, 1986 (age 32)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Alma mater University of California, Santa Cruz

Alyona Minkovski (Russian: Алёна Леонидовна Миньковская, born 30 January 1986) is an award-winning journalist who works across the fields of television, web video and documentary in addition to writing original reporting and commentary.[1] Her work has appeared in The Nation, Salon, HuffPost, Mic, Splinter and Attn. In 2011, she was named on the Forbes 30 under 30 media list.[2]

Minkovski is currently the host of "Trade Ideas" for Real Vision, an interview show about finance. She is a frequent commentator on MSNBC, often speaking on US-Russian relations. In 2017, she profiled [3] opposition activists running for office in Moscow's municipal elections for The Nation and wrote about Anti-Trump Russian-Americans [4] for Fusion (now Splinter).

In October 2017 Minkovski joined Salon as a host for the live interview show "Salon Talks" and as the producer and host of the "Salon Now"[5] video series. In January 2018 she conducted an exclusive interview [6] with former New York City Ballet dancer Wilhelmina Frankfurt who alleged that NYCB Director Peter Martins sexually harassed her and was physically abusive.

From August 2012 to December 2016, Minkovski was a host for HuffPost Live,[7] the Huffington Post's online network. In 2016, she covered the US election, traveling the country for primaries, conventions, and Presidential debates. In studio, Minkovski interviewed hundreds of celebrities, politicians and influential figures including Bernie Sanders, Jimmy Carter, Stanley McChrystal, Paul Krugman, and many others. She also created the branded programs "Political Junkies" and "Free Speech Zone", and produced and hosted documentary and short form videos. In August 2016, Minkovski produced a documentary for HuffPost about wrongful conviction titled, "Stolen Time: Injustice in Brooklyn".[8]

HuffPost Live won three consecutive Webbys for Best News and Information Channel while Minkovski worked there. In 2014, she was the host of a Gracie winning special on victims of mass shootings and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism in coverage of bisexual activists holding a first ever forum at the White House.

From 2009 to 2012, Minkovski hosted a political commentary program called "The Alyona Show" on RT America, which premiered when she was only 23 years old. The final edition of the program aired on July 30, 2012.[9] She was one of the first journalists to interview Julian Assange after Wikileaks released the "Collateral Murder" video in April 2010 and hosted her show from Zuccotti Park in New York City during Occupy Wall Street.

Minkovski's work focuses on a broad range of topics including domestic politics, foreign policy, US-Russian relations, national security, civil liberties, immigration, the environment and gender equality, among others. She has focused heavily on the stories of whistleblowers, activists and drone strike victims.

Minkovski has reported from international events such as the Vancouver Olympics and Sochi Olympics, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the G20. In 2015, Minkovski hosted the keynote event for Netroots Nation,[10] interviewing activists about immigration and Black Lives Matter. In August 2014 Minkovski moderated a panel at the United Nations headquarters to commemorate World Humanitarian Day.[11]

Minkovski has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Details, Forbes, SOMA magazine [12] and others. She's also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, FOX News, Comedy Central, Fusion, The Young Turks, Brian Lamb's Q&A on CSPAN,[13] The Majority Report with Sam Seder and The Michael Brooks Show.[14]

Minkovski was born in Moscow, and is a fluent Russian speaker. Her mother is Olympic figure skating champion and current Russian legislator Irina Rodnina.

Minkovski graduated in 2008 from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in political science and film and digital media.

Early life[edit]

Born in Moscow, Minkovski was raised in California. She is a daughter of the United Russia politician and figure skater Irina Rodnina and entrepreneur Leonid Minkovski, from a Russian Jewish family.[15] When she was 4, she immigrated to the US with her family, who ultimately settled in Lake Arrowhead, California. She graduated with a B.A degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


  1. ^ "Alyona Minkovski About". Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  2. ^ Michael Noer and Caroline Howard, "30 under 30", Forbes, December 19, 2011; page featuring Alyona Minkovski.
  3. ^ "Meet the Activists Running for Office in Moscow". The Nation. Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Being Russian-American Is a Leeettle Awkward Right Now". Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Salon Now - Salon Video". Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  6. ^ "Former Peter Martins dancer alleges vicious pattern of verbal abuse and sexual misconduct". Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  7. ^ HuffPost Live Hosts: Meet All 10!, Huffington Post website, August 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Stolen Time: Injustice In Brooklyn". Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  9. ^ Kevin Gosztola, A Farewell to RT's The Alyona Show, Firedoglake website, July 30, 2012.
  10. ^ "Ashley Yates, Netroots Nation 2015". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  11. ^ "United Nations Photo". Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  12. ^ Freed, Benjamin R. "Alyona Minkovski: She's Got It!". SOMA Magazine. Vol. 25 no. 4. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  13. ^ Q&A with Alyona Minkovski. C-SPAN. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
  14. ^ The Majority Report with Sam Seder (2017-09-19), TMBS - Ep. 7 - Building a Confident Left w/ Alyona Minkovski & Adam Proctor, retrieved 2018-01-09 
  15. ^ Hersh, Phil (January 1, 1991). "Death-spiral Queen: A Legend In Life". Chicago Tribune. 

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