Eleonora Bianchi is a Swiss-Italian first year student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is fluent in Italian, French, German, and English.
Her passion for journalism started in 2015, when she worked for the Swiss Radio and Television, which brought her to the slums in India and refugee camps in Iraq. These experiences made her an advocate for human rights.
While an undergraduate student, Eleonora traveled extensively on her own to connect with people from different cultures and religions through storytelling. Her solo travels From Central America to Asia, and from Africa to the Middle East, forged a deep understanding of the geopolitical landscape.
Eleonora’s curiosity and dedication to seek the truth landed her in Syria during the Russian intervention in 2016. She was eager to learn more about war and investigative journalism. When she returned to Italy, she obtained her degree in Human Rights and International Relations with a thesis on human organ trafficking. She also honed her war reporting skills by completing a training course on the subject and obtaining a degree.
In August 2019, Eleonora worked as an independent reporter at the G7 in Biarritz, following the anti-summit protests and being able to experience it up close with other correspondents in the International Press Room. She applied to J-School shortly there after.
In her free time, she carry out together with some Italian colleagues an investigative documentary entitled “Crossfire” about the death and the trial of a photojournalist killed in the war in Donbass, Ukraine.
University of Padua, BA Human Rights
SSG SSR - RSI (Swiss Radio and Television)
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
War reporting training camp
REPORTING INTERESTSInternational Reporting, Investigative Journalism, Video Journalism, geopolitics, narrative writing, war reporting