Luiz Romero

I’m a Brazilian journalist based in Milan. Since 2021, I’ve been a fact-checker for PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American news website owned by the Poynter Institute, specializing in debunking misinformation.

I’ve fact-checked false claims about the number of COVID-19 deaths in Italy, a plan to replace Europeans with migrants and the death of a German conspiracy theorist. I’ve also debunked the false claims that Ukraine possesses nuclear bombs, that Google Maps revealed secret Russian military facilities and that Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine to combat child trafficking.

Before PolitiFact, I worked for American news website Quartz. I covered the COVID-19 pandemic from Milan, reporting on Italy's initial response to the pandemic, the dangerous conditions for delivery workers in Milan, the mental impact on Italians of staying home during lockdowns and the challenges of reopening a business after the pandemic.

Prior to that, I worked as a reporter for magazines in Italy and Brazil. I studied journalism at Faculdade Cásper Líbero in São Paulo and international relations at Central European University in Budapest. I’ve taken courses from Bellingcat, Investigative Reporters and Editors, DataCamp, Knight Center, and Center for Investigative Reporting.

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