Ottavia Spaggiari


Ottavia Spaggiari is an investigative journalist and long-form writer. Her work has appeared in The Guardian long read, The New Yorker, Slate, The New Humanitarian and others. Her long-form on human traffickers’ impunity in Italy has been shortlisted for the 2021 European Press Prize in the “distinguished reporting” category. Ottavia has been an investigative fellow at Columbia Journalism School’s Global Migration Project and a recipient of the Investigative Journalism for Europe grant. She has worked in London for CNN International and in Milan for Vita, the Italian leading news website and magazine focusing on social issues. From development aid to migration issues, Ottavia has covered a wide range of topics, reporting from several European Countries, sub-Saharan Africa and the US. She received her Master of Arts in Politics and Global Affairs from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a San Paolo fellow. She speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and she is currently studying Arabic. In May 2019 she published her first novel, “Il Mio Funerale e Altre Cose Poco Importanti.” Ottavia believes that wherever there is a human being there’s always a good story to tell.

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