Christopher Livesay is an award-winning foreign correspondent and producer based in Rome. His recent work focuses on Middle East conflict, European populism, and the threat ISIS poses to the West. He has reported for the prestigious documentary series PBS FRONTLINE on veteran exploitation in the United States; for NPR on underground rock music in Iran; and for VICE News on mafia blood feuds in Italy.
For three years Livesay was a staff reporter and editor at ANSA, the leading Italian news agency, where he was part of the team that broke the story of Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking abdication, and the election of Pope Francis.
In August 2016, he was among the first reporters on the scene of a deadly earthquake that ripped through central Italy, where he filed live dispatches, reports and analysis for NPR and PBS.
In November 2016, he and his PBS NewsHour crew were among the first journalists to report from Mosul, as Iraqi special forces fought the Islamic State.
He holds a master’s degree (highest honors) from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.
As featured in Variety, he is currently directing a documentary on American civilians fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
RECENT STORIES AND DOCUMENTARIES:
“Educating Sgt. Pantzke” wins Writer’s Guild Award