Lorenzo Simoncelli is an Italian freelance journalist, contributor for several Italians and international media outlets. He is based in Pretoria, South Africa, however travels around the continent and beyond covering breaking news stories, features and in-depth issues.
He has reported from many countries around the world, especially in Africa and Latin America, focusing on issues such as terrorism, health and humanitarian crisis, trafficking and corruption.
His work in print, video and photo has appeared in major Italian publications including La Stampa, L’Espresso; Brazilian papers and magazine: O Globo and Carta Capital. For La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian most published paper he followed the Oscar Pistorius trial daily. Furthermore Lorenzo shoots images and produces video for the global tv broadcast Sky News and contributes with news and features for RSI, the Switzerland public Tv.
He files radio reports for Radio 24, the Italian leading information radio station and Rete Uno, the major Switzerland radio channel. Lorenzo contributes with tech stories for global news website including Vanity Fair and Wired. He writes analysis and commentary on geo-political issues and strategies in Africa and Latin America for ISPI, the Italian Institute for International Studies.
Born in Rome, Italy, and raised in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Lorenzo read
Journalism and History at the Catholic University in Milan (Italy). He began
his career in journalism in Milan working as reporter for ANSA, the major
news agency in Italy. For nearly five years, Lorenzo worked for several Italian
media covering economy, politics, sport and wine&food. He acted as
correspondent for a local Tv broadcast, doing live show, and did his
apprenticeship in an economy magazine.
Months before his graduation he attended a specialization course at The Tor Vergata University in Rome for journalists acting in war zones. Lorenzo is trained in hostile environments and first aid and he has embedded with the Italian army in Lebanon at the border with Israel during the UNIFIL mission.
In 2012, he left Italy for Cape Town, South Africa, to realize his dream to report on Africa issues and has since worked as freelance foreign correspondent filling print and radio reports, images and video for various Italian and international broadcasters and agencies.
Lorenzo has covered in South Africa the soccer Africa Cup of Nations, the Oscar Pistorius trial, Nelson Mandela last year’s life and his burial, 2014 Presidential elections. He has interviewed Nobel Prizes Laureate as Nadine Gordimer and F.W. De Klerk and prominent person as Bill Gates. In the Sub- Sahara region he reporterd on the rhino illicit horn trade in Mozambique, on the HIV crisis in Lesotho, on the freedom of expression in Swaziland, on the fight against corruption in Botswana, on dispotic Mugabe’s reign in Zimbabwe, on Boko Haram jihadism in Nigeria. Lorenzo has covered global sport events as the soccer 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the soccer Americas Cup in Chile and the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil north-east.
He has lived in Milan, Cape Town, São Paulo, Pretoria and Rio de Janeiro, and he is still travelling between Africa and South America with a base in Pretoria (South Africa).
Lorenzo speaks and writes fluently English, Spanish and Portuguese, alongside his mothertongue: Italian, and he is in the process to learn French. He has a professional knowledge in editing software as Premiere, Lightroom and Photoshop and good skills in web developing with CSM software.