Born in 1995, she began collaborating as a correspondent while still a student, first with Vice Italia, and then with Rai2 and Rai3.
She then moved to reporting from abroad, particularly in Latin American countries and the Middle East, for Il Foglio, L’Espresso and Vanity Fair.
In 2020, she released the podcast Polvere, created by Cecilia Sala and Chiara Lalli for Huffington Post Italia. The eight-part counter-investigation of the Marta Russo murder case became one of the most listened to podcasts in Italy (over one million listens) in only a few months. The investigation was published in book form as Polvere: The Marta Russo Case by Mondadori Strade Blu.
In 2021, Cecilia Sala reported live from Kabul for Il Foglio, recounting Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban and the dangerous evacuations of the international community. Directly from Mazar-i Sharif, she brought the protests of Afghan women to Tg1.
In 2022, she was the first Italian correspondent in Ukraine, and reports in a daily podcast about life under the bombs, interviewing, photographing, and recording Ukrainian citizens during the war with her smartphone; creating a new frontier of journalism in the field.