Alessandra Galloni

Global Managing Editor, Reuters

Leading a global team of journalists, in 200 locations across over 100 countries – in 16 languages

10th December 2020

Alessandra Galloni is global managing editor at Reuters. Established in 1851, the organisation comprises journalists working in 16 languages across 200 locations in over 100 countries. Her bestselling 2013 book, “From the End of the Earth to Rome,” profiles Pope Francis and his unexpected election as pontiff. Beginning her career at The Wall Street Journal, she spent over a decade as correspondent, economics writer and editor in multiple locations including New York, London, Paris and Rome, before joining Reuters in 2013. In this in-depth interview, she paints a picture of a newsroom “bombarded by a huge attempt at misinformation” from governments (including China, Russia and the US) who have “seriously underplayed the severity of the disease;” outlines the challenges tackling the false claims of the Trump administration – and advocates that the occasional killing of a story is “the ultimate act of journalistic bravery;” and reflects on some of the more unusual moments of her career – the first to get an on-the-record quote from a mafia boss, and the only one so far to have expensed a latex bodysuit.

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