Phavanna Nina Bouphasavanh is an Emmy-award winning hybrid storyteller. She manages complex logistics and budgets while getting to the heart of whatever creative content she is producing/writing. Her solid television news background combined with her extensive television production, non-profit management, and digital media experience, lends herself the ability to work with a variety of agencies, production companies, and organizations.
Nina's passion is in human-interest and documentary-style pieces and working with diverse populations.
Back in 2011, Nina formed her own successful brand of Phavanna Media, where her dream of inspiring and informing the masses through her media services became a reality. The heart of Phavanna Media work is promoting worthy humanitarian causes and producing meaningful digital content globally.
Nina's television career began at the age of 16. As a teen, she contributed to the popular "Whatever" show, a teen magazine series on KARE-TV, the number one station in Minneapolis/St. Paul. She covered movies, music, teen health, academics, and anything related to youth.
In college, she worked at Dateline NBC in Los Angeles where she covered breaking news, produced her first national medical segment for NBC Nightly News, and shadowed some of the best storytellers in the TV business including Keith Morrison and Katie Couric.
Nina also worked at WCCO-TV as a Production Assistant and at WFTC-TV on the assignment desk. Her newsroom experience inspired her to pack her bags and accept a job at KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she worked as a weekend anchor, morning show host, reporter, and photojournalist.
She continued her news career for a few more years as a freelance reporter for KARE-TV and as a reporter for WTEN-TV in Albany, New York where she covered live breaking news and produced inspiring human interest stories.
It wasn't long before her adventurous spirit and love of food, travel, and other cultures, landed her a gig as a television producer for the hit international TV show "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" which airs in dozens of countries on the Travel Channel. She also worked on other Travel Channel, H2, and History Channel productions as a writer, field producer, and senior producer.
Nina also served as a media trainer and consultant with Homeland Security where she coached and trained high ranking officers how to effectively communicate messages in the media, particularly during a crisis.
In her spare time, she enjoys nature, writing, traveling, live music, visits to the local coffee shops, and spending time with her loved ones.