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Born in Athens, Alexis Papahelas studied history and economics at Bard College, New York State and received a master’s degree in international affairs and journalism from Columbia University. He started his career working as a U.S. correspondent for various newspapers and television and radio networks. When he returned to Greece in 1998, he co-anchored Mega TV’s respected news magazine “Mavro Kouti” and worked as a senior editor for the newspaper To Vima.
From 2000 until 2014 , Mr. Papahelas was the leading presenter of television show “The Files” at SKAI TV. Among other leading personalities, he has interviewed U.S. presidents George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton and Barack Obama; and former U.S. secretaries of state Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. He has also interviewed the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdoğan, George Soros and Bill Gates.
Mr. Papahelas currently serves as editor in chief of leading Greek daily Kathimerini and presents the “Stories” television news program. He is also secretary general of the pre-eminent Greek think tank ELIAMEP (the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy).
Mr. Papahelas was named one of the most influential Europeans in 2015 by Politico. He is the author of two books: “The Rape of Greek Democracy: The American Factor 1947–1967” and “November 17,” a book about the notorious Greek terrorist organization.