Amanda Ruggeri

Rome, Italy

Professional Experience

A journalist, blogger and photographer in Rome, Italy, my travel writing, news and culture pieces have been published in the New York Times, Guardian, Atlantic, AFAR, New York Magazine, Mother Jones, LEXUS, Mariner & Global Post, among others. Pieces have ranged from the top 10 boutique hotels in Rome (for the Guardian) to a 5,000-word piece on urban preservation (for World Policy Journal), from why female ski jumpers couldn't compete in the Olympics (for Mother Jones) to the Ravello concert festival on the Amalfi coast (for LEXUS magazine). I'm also the writer behind two successful Italy travel blogs. I'm a semi-professional photographer, too.


2 Years
8 Years
Other, Specify
2 Years


7 Years
2 Years
2 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
3 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
8 Years
Online/new media
2 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Fodor's Rome (1-2), Global Post (1-2), LEXUS (1-2), Mariner (1-2), Mother Jones (1-2), World Policy Journal (1-2), U.S. News & World Report (1-2), New York Magazine (3-5), The American (10+), The Guardian's travel section (6-10), New York Times travel section (3-5), The Atlantic (1-2), AFAR (1-2), Art Times (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Walks of Italy (10+)

Other Work History

From 2008-2009, I worked as a full-time political, features and news reporter for U.S. News & World Report magazine, writing more than 200 articles in total for web and print. Topics ranged from a profile of choreographer Twyla Tharp to what "Gen Y" is all about to the struggle of women veterans for VA health benefits -- not to mention more articles about Congress, the White House and the economy than I can count!

Foreign Language Skills

Proficient Italian, scraping-by Spanish

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, type 120 words/minute, TypePad, WordPress, ViewNX 2 photo editing software


MacBook; professional DSLR camera, Nikon D90; Nikon classic and macro lenses (great for up-close and food shots); H2 Zoom audio recorder, professional-grade for audio clips; ViewNX 2 photo editing software; bottomless purse of pens; most importantly, a passion for writing, photography, travel and human rights issues


Available on request


First Prize for a Senior Essay in European History, History Department of Yale University, 2007 Wright Prize for Descriptive Nonfiction, English Department of Yale University, 2005 Golden Key, New York Times James B. Reston Writing Portfolio, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, 2003



An op-ed on Italy's ban of the full Muslim veil, which has been proposed as a way to save women from oppression.
An investigative piece on why female ski jumpers weren't allowed to compete in the Olympics -- something that only changed after this article was published.
The struggle of America's female veterans for parity with men in the VA's flawed healthcare system.
Profile on the famous, and groundbreaking, choreographer and dancer Twyla Tharp.
The top 10 boutique hotels in Rome, chosen and written for the Guardian's online Rome city guide.
An insider's guide to the best, local places to eat and drink in Rome.
Column on how I fell in love with the Valle d'Aosta, one of Italy's most spectacular and undiscovered regions.
An in-depth feature investigating who Generation Y really is, and why they matter.
News piece on how culture workers across Italy protest the budget cuts that caused archaeological sites to collapse. Because of this piece, I was interviewed on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's "Q" radio program.
Review of an exhibit in Florence that counterposed Mapplethorpe's pieces... with Michelangelo's.
Portfolio of some of my travel photographs of Italy and beyond.
Piece for the NYT's In Transit section.
Piece for the NYT's In Transit section.
Enterprise piece on why a small town in Alabama's stimulus requests. This article was the most-read on the U.S. News site, received nationwide attention. Soon after it published, the town withdrew their requests.
Piece for "Five-Point Weekend Escapes" section on where to stay, eat, what to do, and more in Naples, Italy.
Travel story on how, for the first time, visitors to the Colosseum are being allowed to tour the tunnels where the gladiators prepared for victory -- or death. A piece that I pitched to the Guardian, and that was one of the first articles out on the opening of the Colosseum's underground.
Feature on how the legendary studio opens to the general public -- and a look at what the Italian film industry is like today.
The story of a gay foster parent in Florida who wanted to adopt his children, but couldn't. Since this article was published, the law has been overturned.
My blog featuring insiders' tips and tricks to travel in and around Rome, Italy. All photographs are mine.
My writing for the travel company Walks of Italy, including many of my own photographs.
Contributed Rome and the Valle d'Aosta.
Piece on the Oct. 15 riots in Rome, Italy.