Chiara Sottile is a multimedia journalist and a Researcher at NBC News in New York City. Though working far from home, she stays true to her wine country roots in Sonoma, California. She’s passionate about sustainable farming, politics, travel and, of course, all things shooting and editing.
This California farm kid is Sicilian and Native American: her father is an immigrant from Sicily and her mother is a Karuk Indian. Read more about Chiara’s mission in media in “Karuk Journalist Determined to Get Native Stories in Mainstream Media,” a profile by Eisa Nefertari Ulen that was featured in Indian Country Today magazine.
Chiara’s work has been published on The New York Times website, The Associated Press newswires, WNYC.org, Curbed NY and hyper-local websites such as The Uptown Collective.
She graduated with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2011. Her master’s work includes a short documentary film about Native Americans in professional sports that features New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain, PGA golfer Notah Begay III and Olympic ice dancer Naomi Lang. Check out the full project, entitled “Winning for Native America” here.
While at Columbia, Chiara was selected for a Scripps Howard Foundation sponsored reporting seminar on covering religion. As part of this course, she traveled to Israel and the West Bank in March 2011. Her multimedia work from the trip is on the video page and on the course website, of which she was an editor. She also co-designed, launched, and served as editor-in-chief for Northattan.com and contributed videos, audio-slideshows and print stories.
Previously, Chiara reported for the Associated Press in Rome, Italy, covering breaking news for the Euro Desk Wire and writing NewsNow briefs. Her contributions include coverage of G8 protests, the Pope, local politics, and the mafia.
Chiara has a bachelor’s degree in political science and public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.