Since 1986, Mr. Pioli has been is the UN Bureau Chief and US Special Correspondent for Quotidiano Nazionale (Il Resto del Carlino, La Nazione, Il Giorno), the second largest publishing group in Italy. As a UN correspondent he covered the earthquake in Haiti and travelled with the UN Secretary-General to Syria, Lebanon, the Middle East and China. He also covered many crises in Central America including Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and El Salvador. He holds a PhD in Theatre History and was an Associate Professor at the University of Florence, Italy for two years. He began his career in journalism in 1979 as a drama critic for Quotidiano Nazionale before being assigned to cover foreign affairs in Eastern Europe until 1985.