Biography

Christian Picciolini Biography

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, antiracism advocate, and a former violent extremist. After leaving the hate movement that he helped create during 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.

For nearly two decades, Christian has helped hundreds of individuals leave hate behind through his disengagement work and the organizations he founded. He has spoken all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, where he shares his unique and extensive knowledge about how to effectively prevent and counter extremism. 

Christian chronicles his involvement in and exit from the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement in his memoir, WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH, and he is the featured subject in season 3 of WBEZ’s 'Motive' podcast, which received the 2021 National Edward R. Murrow Award for best podcast in large market radio. He showcased his disengagement work in a second book, BREAKING HATE: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, published in 2020 by Hachette Books, as well as in the MSNBC documentary series 'Breaking Hate,' which aired in 2018-2019.

He is the host of the 'F*** Your Racist History' podcast, a scripted history show that tells America's hidden, overlooked, and unknown racist origin stories. The first season of it is currently available across major podcast platforms. 

 

Awards & Recognition

  • 2020

    Eric Hoffer Book Award: Montaigne Medal Finalist

    Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism

  • 2017

    Raven Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts & Entertainment

    White American Youth

  • 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