With a degree in law, Latella began her career as a journalist at the newspaper «Secolo XIX».
From 1990 to 2013 she was one of the top journalists for the RCS group, first as a political correspondent for Il Corriere della Sera, and then as editor of the weekly magazine “A”.
Today she is a multimedia journalist. A columnist for the Roman daily paper Il Messaggero, she has a strong presence on Twitter.
For SkyTg24, she hosts “L’Intervista,” which received the Ischia Prize for best program on current affairs and politics, and the dinnertime talks “A cena da Maria Latella”. On Radio24 she hosts every Sunday ”Il Caffè della domenica”, interviewing the main players of current political events, and “Nessuna è perfetta”, a program dedicated to career and labor issues from the perspective of women.
She has written several books on Italian politics and current events including Tendenza Veronica, the successful biography of Veronica Lario; Come si conquista un Paese. I sei mesi in cui Berlusconi ha cambiato l’Italia [How to Conquer a Country. The Six Months Berlusconi Changed Italy] (Rizzoli, 2019), Il potere delle donne. Confessioni e consigli delle ragazze di successo [The Power of Women. Confessions and Advice from Successful Girls] (Feltrinelli, 2015) and Fatti privati e pubbliche tribù. Storie di vita e giornalismo dagli anni sessanta a oggi [Private Facts and Public Tribes. Stories of life and journalism from the 1960s to the present] (San Paolo, 2017).
Today, her work is markedly international: she lives between Paris and Rome, is a member of the board of the Center for American Studies and of I Dialoghi Italo Francesi, which was created in parallel to the Treaty of the Quirinale Italy France.
Also active in the field of education, she is Adjunct Professor at Luiss Guido Carli in Rome, and a member of the Higher Council of Education. She was invited to be a Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago and hold a series of seminars on European politics at the Institute of Politics, directed by David Axelrod, former advisor to Barack Obama.