It all began in the early Seventies, in Palermo, Italy, when I was just about 5 or 6 years old. My father Salvatore, who was a journalist, would often take me to his workplace, Il Giornale di Sicilia, and we'd stay there until 2 am, waiting for the newspaper to roll out of the printing press.
The excitement to know the news before everybody else in town, the deafening sound of the printing works, the smell of the liquified lead flowing through the linotype machines, they all contributed to get that passion inside me early in life.
I knew I was going to be a journalist.
Fast forwarding to New York City, where I moved in 1985 when I was a 20-year old, I worked as a reporter and editor for the Italian daily newspaper Il Progresso. I was also a contributing writer from New York for Il Giornale di Sicilia and the news agency Italpress. Then, in 1996, I became the sport editor for America Oggi, the daily Italian newspaper in New York City.
I kept writing for other Italian news outlets, too, such as the weekly Economy, and later I became a senior writer and editor for Panorama, the most sold weekly magazine in Italy.
In 2006, I founded Il Sole d'Italia, a bilingual Italian and Spanish magazine printed in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. In 2010 I was awarded the "Premio Italia-Mexico".
I currently work for the daily Italian newspaper America Oggi. I'm in charge of the front page.
of my works
PUBLISHED ON PANORAMA
Tutte le pupe dei narcos sudamericani
Coca messicana per le 'ndrine
Haiti, resa dei conti per Aristide
Prima ti sposo (per finta) e intanto ti rovino
Grandi elettori, piccoli stati
Lady Liberty si fa più bella
A cena dai Warhol: maiali e iguane
Segni particolari: un jukebox nelle tasche
Paura di brogli nell'urna elettronica
Duello su una montagna di dollari
Folli notti a New York
Le donne, i cavalier, le cause, gli autori
Florence, l'Alcatraz del Terzo millennio
Italiani all'estero, come voteranno
Che cos'è l'eleganza? Amare la vita e il jet set
Manhattan, il Moma è tornato
Protagonisti: Robert Redford. Io, marito in manette
New York Times, New York Crisis
Patricia Cornwell: "Metto le mani nei morti"
Sofia Vergara, la colombiana dello zio Tom
Nella fabbrica di campioni giganti voluta da Mao
Salvate i pornificati
Attento iPod, ti acchiappiamo
IL SOLE D'ITALIA
Intervista esclusiva a Renzo Arbore.
Il più celebre critico d’arte d’Italia nella terra dei Maya e degli Aztechi. Scopriamo perché.
I'm also a US certified soccer coach because "il calcio" is in my DNA. Before moving to the US and becoming a journalist, I played for many years in Italy for Palermo's youth. My coach was Zdenek Zeman, who then became the iconic manager of Roma, Lazio, and many other Serie A teams. I owe Mister Zeman so much, and his teachings are always present whenever I write about soccer - and when I coach soccer.
I also like to keep in shape with powerlifting and martial arts. Throughout the years I trained Judo, Tae-kwon-do and other combat sports. As the ancient Romans said... Mens sana in corpore sano!