editor-in-chief, Panorama Newspaper, Tirana, Albania (Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow)
Rakipllari was born in Albania and studied at the University of Tirana. He started writing full-time in 1996 for Gazeta Shqiptare, a subsidiary of the Italian newspaper, La Gazzeta del Mezzogiorno. He moved to Gazeta Shekulli in 1999 as the political bureau chief. He was promoted to editor-in-chief in 2001, making him the youngest editor-in-chief of any Albanian newspaper. During his five years of leadership there, he transformed the paper into the largest newspaper in Albania. In 2006, he joined Gazeta Panorama as editor-in-chief and chief of the political bureau. In addition to his journalism, Rakipllari teaches two university courses, Investigative Journalism and Obtaining, Writing, and Reporting News, for the University of Tirana.
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