By Kaya Deters
Suroosh Alvi was born in Toronto Canada on the 26th of March in 1969. Both of Alvi’s parents were academics, his mother focusing on Islamic Studies while his dad worked as a psychology professor at the University of Toronto. Alvi has had many professions. He studied philosophy at McGill University, taught English in Slovakia, and also has worked for a record label in Minneapolis. He was following his father’s footsteps, planning to get his masters degree in psychology when he opted for a different destiny. Alvi decided to move to Montreal where he met with Shane Smith and developed what we now call Vice Media.
Suroosh Alvi, Gavin McInnes, and Shane Smith all founded and launched their first magazine in 1994. They received funding from the government and titled their magazine The Voice of Montreal. Two years later they bought the rights to the magazine and changed the name to Vice. Throughout the years Vice has expanded its media platforms from magazine to cable television, internet, and films. Today Vice produces print and music in over 22 nations, covering news, travel, music, arts, fashion, and food. When they first launched they were known for publishing politically incorrect content. Today Vice is known for covering unreported stories and current affairs. Sekata Blue, a frequent newsreader, has stated that he prefers Vice News over other news sources because “Vice has been really pushing the border on bringing reliable and intriguing topics to the table.”
Suroosh Alvi started his career in Vice Media by writing articles for a small magazine in Montreal. He has helped build the company into what it is today by expanding the platform of Vice and helping create Vice’s record label and even directing movies for Vice Film. Other than that, Suroosh Alvi likes to keeps his business and his personal life separate. Besides from working for Vice, Suroosh Alvi currently lives in New York and has a family. He has accomplished so much in creating this company, he even has received an Emmy and a Peabody award for reporting with Vice News on channels such as HBO.