Alessio Vinci is CNN's Rome bureau chief and correspondent since January 2001.
In 2005, Vinci reported on the death of John Paul II, filing live reports from the day he was first hospitalized in early February to his death on April 2nd. On that day, and at that very hour, Vinci was live reporting from St. Peters Square. Following the pontiffs death, he reported on the hundreds of thousands who flocked to the Vatican to pay their last respects, as well as the Papal funeral on April the 8th, attended by millions. In addition, Vinci covered the Conclave and on April 19th he was in St. Peters Square when the new Pope, Benedict XVI, was elected.
Vinci moved to Rome from Belgrade, where he served as correspondent and bureau chief from 1999. He reported on major events in Yugoslavia, including the NATO bombing campaign. During his time in Belgrade, Vinci witnessed the uprising that toppled President Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000; he was the only television journalist to report around the world live from the Yugoslav capital during the historic events.
In 2003, Vinci reported from the frontlines during the war in Iraq. Embedded with the U.S. 2nd Marine Division, Vinci provided viewers with the latest news throughout the engagement. His reports included the discovery of shallow graves near Nasiriya where the bodies of marines were found.
In 2001, Vinci reported from New York in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. He was able to deliver comparisons between the collapse of the twin-towers and the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which he also covered. He then travelled to Afghanistan to report on the subsequent war that toppled the Taliban regime and was one of the few journalists to witness the battle at Mazar-I-Sharif.
Prior to moving to Belgrade, Vinci spent three years as a correspondent/producer in CNNs Berlin bureau where he covered stories in Russia, the Balkans, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. He also worked on special coverage of U.S. President Bill Clintons trips to China, South Korea and Russia.
Previously, Vinci worked as a producer for CNNs Moscow bureau between 1991 and 1996, reporting on news events in the region at a historic time. He covered the first Soviet coup in 1991, the storming of the Russian White House in 1993, and produced extensive coverage of the Chechnya War.
Vinci has been with CNN since 1989. Based at CNNs headquarters in Atlanta, he worked as an assignment editor with CNNs international newsgathering team, co-ordinating and producing live coverage of international news events for CNN Worldwide during the Gulf War.
Vinci won an ACE Award for the coverage of the Russian elections in 1996. For his coverage of the Belgrade uprising, he received an honourable mention from the Overseas Press Club (David Kaplan Award/Best spot news category) and the 2001 Edward Murrow Award for Spot News Coverage.
In 2005 Vinci received the Maria Grazia Cutuli national press award from Corriere della Sera, Italys leading newspaper.
Vinci was born in Luxembourg to Italian parents. He graduated from the European school and went on to study political science at the Universita Statale in Milan. He speaks several languages including Italian, German, French and Russian.