Best known for her hosting work on HuffPost Live, this news anchor and correspondent also presented The Alyona Show on a global Russian news network called Russia Today.
After studying political science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she interned for the Washington, D.C. office of the Russia Today (RT) network.
She was interviewed by C-Span's Brian Lamb on the Q&A program.
Though born in Moscow, Russia, she grew up primarily in Lake Arrowhead, California. Her mother, Irina Rodnina, was a Russian politician and ice skater, and her father, Leonid Minkovski, had a career in business.
She was one of the first broadcast journalists to interview the controversial WikiLeaks figure, Julian Assange.