Vittorio Zucconi, historical correspondent from the United States


On May 25, 2019 Vittorio Zucconi, a historic journalist and writer, died at the age of 74 after a long illness. From 1985 he lived in the United States, where he had followed the Cold War.

A year has passed since the disappearance of Vittorio Zucconi. On 25 May 2019, in fact, after a long illness, the historical journalist and correspondent from the USA died in Washington.

The beginning of the journalistic career

Vittorio Zucconi was born in Bastiglia (Modena) on August 16, 1944. Graduated in Letters from the University of Milan, he began his career in Journalist in the early 60s following the crime report for The night. Editor for The print, the long trail of correspondence from abroad begins for various newspapers: Brussels, Washington, Paris, Moscow and Japan. He returned to Italy during the ‘Lead Years’ and created the scoop relating to Lockheed case which leads to the resignation of President Leone.

The move to the United States

Vittorio Zucconi then returns to Washington in the mid 80s, closely following the climax of the Cold War. In 1989 he was the focus of fierce criticism for Boris Yeltsin’s description during his visit to the United States. Subsequently, he was director of the web edition of Republic. Director of Radio Capital until 2018. In 2015 he won the America Prize of the Italy Usa Foundation.

Writing and Milan, the great passions

Vittorio Zucconi, in addition to his very long journalistic career, also dedicated himself to writing. Among the most successful books, Word of journalist (edited by Rizzoli) e Foreigners like us.
He was notoriously fanatic of Milan. His passion for the Rossoneri colors was born at the age of six when a family friend accompanied him to San Siro for a Milan-Atalanta making him swear that from that moment on he would have supported the Devil.