Christopher Livesay is a foreign correspondent and producer for PBS NewsHour. His recent work focuses on Middle East conflict, the rise of populism in Europe, and the refugee crisis. He has reported for the prestigious documentary series PBS FRONTLINE on veteran exploitation in the United States; for NPR on underground rock music in Iran; and for VICE News on mafia blood feuds in Italy.
For three years Livesay was a staff reporter and editor at ANSA, the leading Italian news agency, where he was part of the team that broke the story of Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking abdication, and the election of Pope Francis. In August 2016, he was among the first reporters on the scene of a deadly earthquake that ripped through central Italy, where he filed live dispatches, reports and analysis for NPR and PBS. In November 2016, he was among the first journalists to report from Mosul in the fight against Islamic State.
He holds a master’s degree (highest honors) from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, as well as a BA in Art History and a BS in Italian from Arizona State University.
As featured in Variety, he is currently directing a documentary on American civilians fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.