Luiz Romero

I'm a reporter writing about misinformation in Europe.

I’m a contributing fact-checker at PolitiFact, verifying content for TikTok and Facebook; a volunteer OSINT researcher at Bellingcat, contributing verification for the Russia-Ukraine map; and a freelance reporter with stories published by CNN, Wired, and Al Jazeera.

I’m interested in open-source, visual, and data journalism (R) and I often use techniques from those fields while reporting. Recently, I’ve written fact-checks about misleading images of nuclear catastrophes in Ukraine, about a version of the Great Replacement conspiracy theory circulating in Europe, and about rumors surrounding the death of an anti-vaccine influencer in Germany.

Previously, I worked for Quartz, summarizing the news cycle for the Daily Brief newsletter and reporting breaking news for the Brief app. Before that, I worked for magazines in Brazil and Italy, reporting infographics. I received an Esso award for an infographic I produced for Super magazine during that period.

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

I’m from Brazil and based in Italy. I’m fluent in Portuguese and Italian.

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