Obama Nominates 'Alias' Producer for State Dept. Post

Entertainment lawyer and television writer-producer Crystal Nix Hines, Obama's Harvard law classmate, raised more than $1 million for the president's past two campaigns.

President Barack Obama has nominated entertainment lawyer and television writer-producer Crystal Nix Hines, a Harvard law classmate, to serve as permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Nix Hines, who began her career as a New York Times reporter, has raised more than $1 million for Obama's two presidential campaigns. She has been a writer and producer on a number of television shows, including Alias, The Practice and Commander in Chief.

This will not be her first experience with diplomacy, as from 1993-1997, she served in the State Department as counselor to the assistant secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; a member of the department’s Policy Planning Staff, and special assistant to the department’s legal adviser.

Earlier in her career, Nix Hines clerked for revered Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, a civil rights icon, who as an attorney successfully argued the landmark Brown v. Education school desegregation case to the U.S. Supreme Court.