Sylvia Poggioli Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's foreign desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe and the Balkans.
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Sylvia Poggioli

Senior European Correspondent, Rome, Italy

Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.

Since joining NPR's foreign desk in 1982, Poggioli has traveled extensively for reporting assignments. These include going to Norway to cover the aftermath of the brutal attacks by a right-wing extremist; to Greece, Spain, and Portugal reporting on the eurozone crisis; and the Balkans where the last wanted war criminals have been arrested.

In addition, Poggioli has traveled to France, Germany, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, and Denmark to produce in-depth reports on immigration, racism, Islam, and the rise of the right in Europe.

She has also travelled with Pope Francis on several of his foreign trips, including visits to Cuba, the United States, Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

Throughout her career Poggioli has been recognized for her work with distinctions including the WBUR Foreign Correspondent Award, the Welles Hangen Award for Distinguished Journalism, a George Foster Peabody, National Women's Political Caucus/Radcliffe College Exceptional Merit Media Awards, the Edward Weintal Journalism Prize, and the Silver Angel Excellence in the Media Award. Poggioli was part of the NPR team that won the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for coverage of the war in Kosovo. In 2009, she received the Maria Grazia Cutulli Award for foreign reporting.

In 2000, Poggioli received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Brandeis University. In 2006, she received an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston together with Barack Obama.

Prior to this honor, Poggioli was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences "for her distinctive, cultivated and authoritative reports on 'ethnic cleansing' in Bosnia." In 1990, Poggioli spent an academic year at Harvard University as a research fellow at Harvard University's Center for Press, Politics, and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.

From 1971 to 1986, Poggioli served as an editor on the English-language desk for the Ansa News Agency in Italy. She worked at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. She was actively involved with women's film and theater groups.

The daughter of Italian anti-fascists who were forced to flee Italy under Mussolini, Poggioli was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in romance languages and literature. She later studied in Italy under a Fulbright Scholarship.

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Monday

Silvio Berlusconi meets journalists at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome in 2018. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's former prime minister, has died at the age of 86

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Monday

Reflecting on some of the career highlights of Sylvia Poggioli

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Pope Francis waves from the window of the apostolic palace during the weekly Angelus prayer on Sunday in the Vatican. Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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After 10 years as pope, Francis continues to reshape the Catholic Church

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Sunday

A look back at Pope Francis's legacy as he marks 10 years of papacy

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Monday

Italy's prime minister supports Ukraine — causing tension within her coalition

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Monday

Dozens of bodies have been recovered from a migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean

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Saturday

The fascist origins of this Roman sports center can be seen in its monumental sculpture and architecture. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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Italy has kept its fascist monuments and buildings. The reasons are complex

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Wednesday

Pope Francis is the first pope to back the repeal of laws criminalizing homosexuality

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Thursday

Former Pope Benedict XVI's funeral was held at the Vatican

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Thousands of mourners pack St. Peter's Square for the funeral of Pope Benedict

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Monday

Tens of thousands visit the Vatican to pay respects to former Pope Benedict XVI

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI's body begins lying in state at the Vatican

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Saturday

Former Pope Benedict XVI dies at 95

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Saturday

Gloria Lucchesi cooks some local beans that she prepared using the cooking containers, on Nov. 12, in San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy. Valerio Muscella for NPR hide caption

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Amid rising energy costs, Italian cooks go old-school to save gas

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Thursday

Italy's prime minister sues journalist for defamation

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Saturday

Statues at the site of the discovery of two dozen well-preserved bronze statues from an ancient Tuscan thermal spring in San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy on Nov. 3. Italian Ministry of Culture hide caption

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Discovery of ancient bronze statues in Italy may rewrite Etruscan and Roman history

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Tuesday

One Tuscan village uses wool-insulated cooking boxes to save on energy costs

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Thursday

A woman holds a placard reading "Peace = Stop Putin" during a rally in support of Ukraine at Arco della Pace in Milan, Italy on Saturday. Piero Cruciatti/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Italy has been a strong supporter of Ukraine — but that is starting to change

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Tuesday

Italy has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine — but that could change

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