Stefano Pitrelli is a reporter in The Washington Post’s Rome bureau. He began contributing to the Post in 2012, then joined the bureau upon its creation in 2018. From Italy, he has covered migration, mafias, economy, climate change, and the clerical abuse crisis inside the Catholic Church. Before the Post, he wrote stories for L’Espresso, an Italian newsmagazine, and HuffPost Italy. He’s the co-author of “Occulto Italia,” a book on the political clout of cults, winner of the Estense award 2011. Born in Fermo, he grew up in Taranto and attended college in Rome.