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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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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Long A Bastion Of The Left, Tuscany Is Turning Hard Right

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In Rome, Uncollected Trash Festers In Scorching Heat

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Found: Message In A Bottle From Manchester Bombing Victim's Mother

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Showdown In Italy Over Migrants Rescued By Boat Captain Speaks To Deeper Tensions

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Vatican Rejects Idea That People Can Choose Or Change Their Gender

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High Voter Turn Out For European Parliamentary Elections

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A man walks past a board announcing elections at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. Some 400 million Europeans from 28 countries are eligible to vote. Francisco Seco/AP hide caption

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European Elections Will Be A Test For Nationalist Parties Hoping To Remake The EU

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Italy's Matteo Salvini Hopes To Lead Nationalist Wave In Upcoming European Elections

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Maltese Forces Seize Ship That Was Hijacked By Rescued Migrants

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News Brief: FAA Head On Capitol Hill, Jussie Smollett

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Women On Vatican Magazine Editorial Board Quit En Masse

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Criticism Follows Italy Endorsing China's Global Infrastructure Projects

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"The Vatican is a world of men; some truly are men of God," says Sister Catherine Aubin, a French Dominican nun who teaches at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome. "Others have been ruined by power. The key to these secrets and silence is ... abuse of power. They climb up a career staircase toward evil." Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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After Years Of Abuse By Priests, #NunsToo Are Speaking Out

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Ex-Vatican Official, Cardinal Pell, Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

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