Luiz Romero

I’m a correspondent for PolitiFact based in Milan, specializing in debunking Italian and European misinformation. Since 2021, I have addressed falsehoods about Italy’s COVID-19 death toll, a “Kalergi plan” to replace Europeans with migrants and the death of a German COVID-19 conspiracy theorist.

I have also covered misinformation related to the Russia-Ukraine war,  debunking 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 joining PolitiFact, I was the Italy correspondent for Quartz, covering the COVID-19 pandemic from Milan. I reported on the initial response to the pandemic, the dangerous working conditions of delivery workers, the mental health toll of staying home during lockdown and the challenges of reopening businesses after the pandemic.

Previously, I worked for the Italian magazine Colors. I wrote about a team in Spain made up of migrants who had recently crossed the Mediterranean, the dangerous train journey that some Latin American migrants make to reach the United States and the efforts of a Ghanaian football manager to sell young players to European leagues.

I studied journalism at Faculdade Cásper Líbero in São Paulo and international relations at the Central European University in Budapest. I have taken courses from Bellingcat, Investigative Reporters and Editors, DataCamp, the Knight Center and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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