Maurizio Molinari

Maurizio Molinari

Maurizio Molinari (born 1964 in Rome, Italy) is a journalist in the employ of the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa, for which he serves as United States correspondent and for which he previously worked as European Union correspondent in Brussels and as diplomatic correspondent in Rome.

Before arriving at La Stampa in 1997, Molinari, who began his journalism career in 1984 having studied at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and Manchester College, Oxford in England, covered foreign affairs- and defense-related stories for several Italian newspapers and news magazines, including La Voce Repubblicana, Il Tempo, L'Indipendente, L'Opinione, Il Foglio, and Panorama. Whilst working in Italy, Molinari completed two bachelor's degrees at the University of Rome La Sapienza, in political science in 1989 and history in 1993.

Over his La Stampa career, Molinari has reported on the diplomatic and military involvement of the United States and Italy in the Balkans, Iraq, Iran, North Africa, Turkey, Haiti and the Horn of Africa. Molinari is best known for his having been granted interviews with many world leaders, including United States President George W. Bush; United States Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, and Henry Kissinger; the Secretaries General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan; Israeli prime ministers Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu; Palestinian National Authority president Yasser Arafat; Libyan de facto president Muammar al-Gaddafi; King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia; Venzuelan president Hugo Chávez; the Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova; the former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati; the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg; the former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani; the senator of Arizona, John McCain; the former US vice president Al Gore; the Pkk leader Abdullah Ocalan; the banker David Rockefeller, the president of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz and the managing directors of the Imf, Rodrigo de Rato and Dominique Strauss-Kahn; the writer Norman Mailer, the architect Daniel Libeskind and the sculptor Richard Serra

Molinari is a regular guest commentator on Italian foreign policy and United States politics on news programs aired on the Italians television networks La7 and Tg5, he has occasionally been a panelist on the Cnn and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, aired on the Public Broadcasting Service.

Molinari is the author of 13 non-fiction books, each published in Italian: The Jews in Italy: A Problem of Identity (1870-1938) (published by La Giuntina in 1991), The Left and Jews in Italy (1967-1993) (Corbaccio, 1995), The National Interest (Laterza, 2000), Between White House and Botteghe Oscure: Interview with Lamberto Dini (Guerini and Ass, 2001), Wall Street in the Third Millennium (Fondazione Liberal), 2003, No Global? (Laterza, 2003), George W. Bush and the American Mission (Laterza, 2004), Italy Seen by the CIA (1948-2004) (Laterza, 2005), ' 'The Jews of New York' (Laterza, 2007), "Democratic Cowboys" (Einaudi 2008), "Obama's Country" (Laterza, 2009) and "The Italians of New York" (Laterza, 2011).

Molinari is married to Micol, they live in New York City with their two children, Chana and Eli.

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