About the Team
Editor and Publisher: After earning a master’s degree from Boston University’s College of Communication, Rosanna Cirigliano became the only native English-speaking member of the professional Ordine dei Giornalisti (Tuscan Press Association). Her articles have appeared in The International Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times), the Corriere della Sera’s Italy Daily, national publications in the U.K., Italy and Israel, as well as European-wide newspapers.
The journalist has also anchored and co-anchored broadcasts respectively for BBC World Service and BBC Radio Four.
A former daily columnist (in English, ‘Day by Day’) for Florence’s La Repubblica newspaper, she returned to the regional edition with the online column, ‘Day’ (2013 – present) at www.firenze.repubblica.it. She is also the author of seven books, many in conjunction with the photographer Andrea Pistolesi, and contributed to several others for publishers including Rizzoli.
The journalist went back to international coverage in 2016 with five consecutive pieces on the national Repubblica website (www.repubblica.it) specifically following the Ashley Olsen murder case in Florence, followed by an assignment on the collapse of Lungarno Torrigiani near Ponte Vecchio. It marked the first time that news stories in English, written by an American, were ever posted on an Italian national news outlet.
2017 brought international coverage regarding the case of alleged rape of American students in Florence by carabinieri policemen in addition to the protests against U.K. prime minister Theresa May’s visit to Florence.
Italian was the first language Rosanna heard and communicated in until age three as an American born of Italian parents. She was then exposed to English, retaining a comprehension for Italian, only learning to speak the language again and be able to read it after her move to Italy. This background gave the journalist a unique bicultural perspective, which is Magenta’s trademark.
During her ongoing career in Florence, she was the executive editor of Florenscape, the city’s first newsmagazine in English, as well as the founder and managing editor of regional magazine Vista, Florence & Tuscany (see here for details on these publications).
Staff writers: Tuscan correspondent Rita Kungel has contributed numerous times to Magenta’s column on Florence’s Repubblica website.
Music editor Anne Lokken is a professional musician who played the viola in the Maggio Musicale Orchestra until her early retirement.
Art editor Elizabeth Wicks is an art conservator, specializing in mural and easel paintings.
Wine writer Ellen Santucci Masi is a professional sommelier.
Fashion editor Celeste Giampietro Collins is an author published by Rizzoli.
Magenta’s children’s editor, Kaylah Grant, is planning a career as a pediatrician.
Dance editor Jennifer Klammer was invited to perform in the 2018 Florence Dance Festival and currently is finishing a BFA in dance at the University of Florida.
Staff photographers Andrea Pistolesi (www.pistolesiphoto.com) along with Stefano Amantini, Guido Cozzi, and Massimo Borchi (www.atlantidephototravel.com), have worked on assignment for Airone, Bell’Europa, Bell’Italia, Condé Nast Traveller, Delta Sky, Departures, D, Donna di Repubblica, Elle, L’Espresso, Hemispheres, Islands, LA Times Mag, National Geographic, NYT Sophisticated Traveler, Panorama Travel, Smithsonian Magazine, Time, Travel & Leisure, Voyager, Weekend and Zoom.
Peter Fenger (www.pietrodesign.com) created the Magenta logo while living in Florence.
With an English degree from Pepperdine University, web planner Aubrey Williams worked on both the beta and definitive Magenta websites.