Ottavia Spaggiari


Ottavia Spaggiari is an editor and an investigative journalist. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, Al Jazeera and others. She has been a fellow at Columbia Journalism School’s Global Migration Project and a recipient of the Investigative Journalism for Europe grant. From development aid to migration issues, from gender-based violence to police brutality, Ottavia has covered a wide range of topics, reporting from several European countries, sub-Saharan Africa and the US. Her feature on human traffickers' impunity in Italy came runner-up at the 2021 European Press Prize in the “distinguished reporting" category, while her long-form on the brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in Belarus after the 2020 election has recently been shortlisted for the 2023 Fetisov Award. Ottavia also teaches journalism at St. Joseph's University, the City College of New York and at Scuola Holden in Turin, Italy. She received her Master of Arts in Political Journalism from Columbia University raduate School of Journalism where she was a San Paolo fellow.