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Nikolas Vafiadis was born in Athens in 1961. He studied Geology at the National University of Athens and specialized in Geochemistry and Petrology through X-Ray Diffraction. He started his PhD on the deposits of Wolfram in Greece, which he later abandoned and started working as a journalist. He was awarded a scholarship from the British Council and –after his studies- received an MA degree in International Journalism from the City University of London.
He has worked for many influential Greek newspapers (including Eleftherotypia, Kathimerini and Kerdos), the Financial Times, radio stations (including BBC World Service, ANT-1 Radio), magazines (including Georama) and TV stations. His reports have been broadcast by many international media (including CNN, Sky News, CBS News, Al Jazeera, RAI, etc.) The last 31 years he works for the ANTENNA Group. He is currently the Head of the Foreign News Department of ANT-1 TV and one of the news anchors, while he teaches International Journalism at the ANT-1 Media Lab and “Mass Media and Social Media in Disasters and Crises” for post-graduate students at the Department of Geology and Geo-environment of the University of Athens.
He has covered a dozen wars from the front lines and has interviewed many world leaders (including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbatsev, George Bush, Yasser Arafat, Tassos Papadopoulos, Jesse Jackson, Hamid Karzai, Jimmy Carter, Tomislav Nikolic, Turgut Ozal, John Major, George W. Bush, Alexander Kwasniewski, Ion Iliescu, Sali Berisha, Kiro Gligorov, Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic and others).
His distinctions include the Botsis Foundation Award in 1993 , the national television award in 1994, the Distinction of the Municipality of Athens in 1999, the Medal of the Friends of Scouts in 2000, the Ecumenical Hellenism Award in 2002, the Distinction of the Union of Journalists in 2003, the medal of the Piraeus and islands’ UNESCO club in 2007, the distinction for his overall career as a journalist from the Greek Football Trainers’ Association in 2009, in 2011 the Apollo Award for social achievements and in 2016 the European Amerigo Media Award in Florence . In 2003 he was named Reporter of the Year in the National Television Awards for his coverage of the War in Iraq.
He is married with two sons, plays the guitar and sings.
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