Vasco Sousa Cotovio

I was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, where I studied for most of my life: from the Economic Sciences in high school, to Media Studies at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University.

The change of scenery happened later and only after accumulating almost 3 years of professional experience in journalism. From Lisbon to London, to the Queen Mary, University of London, where I reread forgotten authors, consolidated ideas, and specially where I extended my knowledge. Living abroad has been an important step in my personal and professional growth, allowing me to expand my horizons and to develop new skills.

From high school to the Master's in International Relations, every professional and academic choice took into account my dream of one day becoming a war reporter. I believe it is one of the moments where good journalism is most needed and I intend to contribute.

Besides journalism, I have a passion for martial arts. I have been practising Songahm Taekwondo since I was 16 and I earned my black belt in August 2010. My dedication to the sport bore fruit when, in 2012, I qualified for the World Championships and then finished among the top 10. However, the greatest challenge is the one I am now preparing to embrace, as I start the instruction course.

I also have writing, oenology and travelling as hobbies.