Alyona Minkovski

Alyona Minkovski

Formal First Name
1/30/1986 - present

Alyona Minkovski is an award-winning media professional and communications strategist with over 10 years of experience in journalism across television, web video, and documentary as well as writing original reporting and commentary. She is well versed on issues of U.S. politics, foreign policy, national security, civil liberties, gender equality, criminal justice, whistleblowers, and media analysis. She has interviewed some of the world's top thinkers and most controversial figures, including President Jimmy Carter, Senator Bernie Sanders, General Stanley McChrystal, Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, Chris Hedges, and many others.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Minkovski was born in Moscow and is a fluent Russian speaker. 
  • She is the daughter of Irina Rodnina, an Olympic figure skating champion and current Russian legislator. 
  • She grew up in the United States where she studied politics, film, and digital media.
  • She has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, The Nightly Show on Comedy Central, and Fusion. 
  • She has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Details, Forbes, and others. 
  • She has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.


  • She has interviewed a long list of celebrities and musicians, including Oliver Stone, Julianne Moore, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
  • She was the first journalist to interview Julian Assange after the release of Wikileaks’ first video “Collateral Murder” in April of 2010.
  • She has reported from the ground covering the 2016 election, Russian politics, immigration on the US-Mexican border, environmental devastation, and the opioid epidemic.
  • She has also reported at international events such as the Vancouver and Sochi Olympics, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the G20 in Pittsburgh.
  • She hosted "The Alyona Show" on the international news network RT, which premiered when she was only 23 years old. 

  • She has hosted many panels and forums in front of large audiences including the United Nations and Netroots Nation. 


  • Real Vision TV - Senior Reporter and Senior Editorial Producer
    • Developed, wrote, and produced a 30-minute documentary about Tesla and a group of short-sellers determined to prove it’s a fraud
  • Salon - Host, Producer, and Staff Writer
    • Conducted live interviews and created the "Salon Now" video series
  • HuffPost Live - Host and Producer
    • Covered the 2016 election, hosted in-studio shows like "Political Junkies" and "Free Speech Zone"
    • Produced and hosted documentary and short-form videos


  • In 2011, she was named by Forbes as one of the top 30 under 30 media personalities who “aren’t waiting to reinvent the world”.
  • She was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism for coverage of bisexual activists holding the first-ever forum at the White House