Christian Picciolini is an Emmy Award-winning television producer, prolific public speaker, published author, and reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good. After leaving the violent far-right hate movement he was part of during his youth, he began the painstaking process of rebuilding his life.
Christian earned a degree in International Relations from DePaul University, began his own global entertainment media firm, and was appointed a member of the Chicago Grammy Rock Music Committee and board member for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. In 2016, Christian won an Emmy Award for directing and producing ExitUSA's "There is life after hate" PSA, and has been nominated for four regional Emmy Awards.
He is an appointed United Nations-affiliated ambassador for iChangeNations and was honored with a National Statesman award. He is an associate for the USC Price 'Homegrown Violent Extremism' program and has worked as an adjunct professor at the college level. He also contributed to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's and Jared Cohen's New York Times bestseller, The New Digital Age. Most notably, in 2009 he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit helping people disengage from hate and violent extremism.
"My Descent into America's neo-Nazi Movement - and How I Got Out"
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