Marcela Gaviria

Marcela Gaviria is a journalist and filmmaker with Rain Media in New York City. Over the past decade she has produced over 30 hours for FRONTLINE, PBS’s flagship current affairs series, covering the rise of Al Qaeda, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the culture of risk taking on Wall Street and America’s heroin epidemic.

Gaviria has earned every award in broadcast journalism multiple times, including seven Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, three du-Pont-Columbia Awards, four Writer’s Guild of America Awards, three Overseas Press Club Awards, and the prestigious George Polk Award. In 2015 Gaviria was awarded two Emmy’s, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her 90-minute investigation on Charles Taylor and the deal he made with the American tire giant, Firestone and The Warlord.

Gaviria first worked for FRONTLINE in 1994 on the production of Godfather of Cocaine, a film about the drug baron Pablo Escobar. After five years of freelancing from her native Colombia, she returned to FRONTLINE to work on the four-part series, Drug Wars. That began a nearly 20-year collaboration with veteran FRONTLINE producer/correspondent, Martin Smith. Together, this now-husband-and-wife team, have produced scores of documentaries including Egypt in Crisis (2013); Money Power and Wall Street (2012); WikiSecrets (2011); The Spill (2010); 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).

Independently, Gaviria has produced some of FRONTLINE’s most hard hitting films, including A Subprime Education (2016); Chasing Heroin (2016); Firestone and the Warlord (2014); The Retirement Gamble (2013); The War Briefing (2008); and The Medicated Child (2008).

Gaviria obtained her BA from Brown University and her MA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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The Jihadist
Designated a terrorist by the United States, the powerful Syrian militant Abu Mohammad al-Jolani now seeks a new relationship with the West.
June 1, 2021
1h 24m
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The Virus: What Went Wrong?
As COVID-19 spread from Asia to the Middle East to Europe, why was the U.S. caught so unprepared?
June 16, 2020
Targeting El Paso
How El Paso became the Trump administration’s immigration policy testing ground and then the target of a white supremacist.
January 7, 2020
The Pension Gamble
How state governments and Wall Street led America’s public pensions into a multi-trillion-dollar hole.
October 23, 2018
Separated: Children at the Border
The inside story of what happened to immigrant children separated from their parents at the border.
July 31, 2018
The Gang Crackdown
FRONTLINE investigates how a slew of killings on Long Island linked to MS-13 led to a crackdown that has swept up immigrant teens.
February 13, 2018
A Subprime Education
FRONTLINE examines allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the for-profit college industry.
September 13, 2016
1h 54m
Vermont Battles With Deadly Heroin Epidemic
Chasing Heroin
A searing, two-hour investigation of America's heroin crisis.
February 23, 2016
1h 23m
Firestone and the Warlord
What are the costs of doing business in a war zone? FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.
November 18, 2014
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Egypt in Crisis
FRONTLINE examines the rise and rapid fall of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
September 17, 2013
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The Retirement Gamble
Will your IRA or 401K accounts ensure a safe retirement?
April 23, 2013
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Six Billion Dollar Bet
FRONTLINE investigates MF Global's massive bet on European debt that went sour, leaving more than a billion dollars of customer funds missing.
May 22, 2012