Andrea Purgatori

Journalist, screenwriter, and host of “Atlantide: Storie di uomini e di mondi” [Atlantis: Histories of Humans and Worlds] since 2017 on LA7.

Andrea Purgatori began working as a professional journalist in 1974, and received a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University in 1980. As an envoy for Corriere della Sera from 1976 to 2000, he covered Mafia crimes and domestic and international terrorism, following events in Iraq, Iran and Algeria. Currently, he collaborates with l’Unità, Le Monde Diplomatique, Vanity Fair and Huffington Post, in addition to leading La7’s “Atlantide,” which won the Flaiano Award in 2019 for best television culture program. He has collaborated on numerous films as a screenwriter, including Fortapàsc by Marco Risi, for which he won an Amidei Award for best screenplay in 2009. For TV, he has written for shows including Caravaggio, Lo scandalo della Banca Romana, ll commissario Nardone and Lampedusa, among others.  Purgatori was President of Greenpeace Italy until 2020, and in 2019 published his first novel: Quattro piccole ostriche [Four Little Oysters] (HarperCollins). He has been the recipient of many awards throughout his career, including, in 2021, the prestigious Premio Granzotto.

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