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Marcela Gaviria is an award-winning filmmaker with RAINmedia in New York City. Over the last 10 years she has produced 20 documentaries for FRONTLINE, including five films on post-war Iraq and four hours on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Gaviria's work for FRONTLINE has taken her to Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Venezuela.

Over the last decade, Gaviria has earned every major award in broadcast journalism, including, most recently, the 2010 Overseas Press Club's Edward R. Murrow Award for Obama's War and a 2010 George Foster Peabody Award for The Madoff Affair. The Madoff Affair also garnered the 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Documentary on a Business Topic and a 2009 Writer's Guild Award.

Gaviria first came to FRONTLINE in 1994, working with renowned producer William Cran on The Godfather of Cocaine, a film about the drug baron Pablo Escobar. She stayed on in her native Colombia and continued to field produce scores of documentaries for PBS, BBC and the Discovery Channel. In 1997, Gaviria set up the first natural history filmmaking unit in Latin America thanks to a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

In 1999, Gaviria returned to FRONTLINE to work on the four-part series, Drug Wars. That began a 10-year collaboration with veteran FRONTLINE producer/correspondent, Martin Smith. Together they produced 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).

Those films also received numerous honors including, a duPont-Columbia Gold and Silver Baton, a Peabody, two Emmys and multiple Writer's Guild Awards.

Independently, Gaviria has also produced other films for FRONTLINE, including, The War Briefing (2008); The Medicated Child (2008); and two FRONTLINE/Worlds, Inside Hamas (2006) and Iraq: Reporting the War (2005). The War Briefing won the 2009 Emmy for Best Cinematography and an Edward R. Murrow Citation at the Overseas Press Club. The Medicated Child won a Prism Award and a Writer's Guild nomination.

In 2008, Gaviria was awarded the Peter S. McGhee Fellowship award from WGBH, which honors an individual whose work reflects excellence, intelligence, fairness, passion and scholarship.

Gaviria was born in Bogota, Colombia, and obtained her BA from Brown University and her MA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

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