Biography

Christian Picciolini Biography

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. After leaving the hate movement he helped create during his youth in the 1980s and 90s, he began the painstaking process of making amends and rebuilding his life. Christian went on to earn a degree in international relations from DePaul University and launched Goldmill Group, a counter‑extremism consulting and digital media firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for producing an anti‑hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from extremism. Christian’s life since leaving the white‑power movement over two decades ago has been dedicated to helping others overcome their own hate. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network. He has spoken all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion. Christian’s involvement in, and exit from, the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH. His forthcoming book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, will be released in February 2020. His disengagement work is spotlighted in his MSNBC documentary series Breaking Hate.

 

 

 

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Awards & Recognition

  • 2017

    Raven Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts & Entertainment

    White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out

  • 2016

    Ambassador of Goodwill & National Statesman Award

    iCHANGENATIONS (a United Nations affiliate)

  • 2016

    Emmy Award Win

    Best Producer: "There is life after hate" PSA

  • 2016

    Argos Hippium Award

    Argos Hippium di Daunia (Italy)

  • 2011

    Regional Emmy Award Nomination

    Best Producer: JBTV TV Series

  • 2010

    Regional Emmy Award Nomination

    Best Director: Flatfoot 56 'Courage' Music Video

  • 2010

    Regional Emmy Award Nomination

    Best Producer: JBTV TV Series

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