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.