Paola CAIRO was born to a Calabrian father and a Roman mother, and has been living in Rome ever since. After graduating in Classics, she enrolled at Rome’s LUMSA University (Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta), where she first obtained a degree in journalism (1997) with a thesis entitled “I media italiani all’estero: TV, radio e giornali fuori d’Italia” (Italian media abroad: TV, radio and newspapers outside Italy).
(Italian media abroad: TV, radio and newspapers outside Italy), followed in 2000 by a Master’s degree in Communication Science with the thesis “La comunicazione delle imprese cooperative” (Communication in cooperative enterprises).
Always interested in the social world, in 2000 she also graduated from the Advanced Course in Economics of Cooperative Enterprises at the Università degli Studi di Roma III. In 2010, Paola Cairo graduated from the Specialisation Course “Inviati in aree di crisi” (Sent to places of crisis) run by the Cutuli Foundation, Rcs, Università di Tor Vergata and Ministero della Difesa.
Paola Cairo has been on the advertising register of the Order of Journalists since 1996, and has contributed to a number of Roman newspapers (“Noi”, “Soci”, “Confronti”, etc.), managed the web content of several websites and was also director of a local free radio station (TRS).
In 2009, she took part in the “Memorie Migranti del Museo dell’Emigrazione Pietro Conti di Gualdo Tadino” (Migrant Memories from the Pietro Conti Emigration Museum in Gualdo Tadino) competition, where she was awarded second prize in the Masters category for her video film “Emigrazione, Resistenza, Memoria”, with R. Ceccarelli and V. Ruggieri. Ruggieri, dedicated to the portrait of Luigi Peruzzi and freely inspired by the book “Le mie memorie e Diario di Berlino 1944-1945″, by Maria Luisa Caldognetto (Metauro) (My Memories and Diary of Berlin 1944-1945) with which she also took part in the Roma Capitale Short Film Competition also screened at the Casa della Memoria e della Storia in Rome.
In 2013, Paola Cairo wrote the chapter “Gli italiani in Lussemburgo: aspetti storici, sociali e culturali di una collettività emigrata” (Italians in Luxembourg: historical, social and cultural aspects of an emigrant community) for the Italian in the World Report (RIP) of the Migrantes Foundation.
She has published two articles (Silicosis, Emigration to Luxembourg) for the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Italian Migration in the World (SER, 2014).
Paola Cairo has lived in Barcelona and Strasbourg. Since 2002, she has lived in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where, with her colleague Maria Grazia Galati, she created the Grand Duchy’s official Italian magazine, PassaParola Magazine (www.passaparola.info), in which she writes on social and European issues, human rights, intercultures, migration, women, etc.)
Since 2008, she has been a member of the VOICES BY PASSAPAROLA Italian language and culture radio team (www.ara.lu – also available as a streaming)