Laura Silvia Battaglia is a freelance journalist living between Italy and Sanaa (Yemen). She contributes from Sanaa for the American-Libanese video-news agency Transterra Media, the Turkish news agency TRTWorld, RSI radio and TV Switzerland, and also for the US and UK publications Index on Censorship, The Fair Observer, Guernica Magazine, Al-araby. For the Italian media she contributes to the dailies Avvenire and La Stampa, to the radio networks Radio Tre Mondo, Radio Popolare and Radio In Blu, to the TV news programmes Agenda del mondo (Rai 3 News) and Rainews 24, to the magazines D Repubblica delle Donne, Panorama, Donna Moderna, Left, Pagina99, Jesus, Credere, Il Reportage, Longitude#33, to the news websites Terrasanta.net and Eastmagazine.eu, and the online daily Il Fatto Quotidiano.
She began her journalistic career at the daily La Sicilia in Catania in 1998. She has focused on reporting from conflict zones since 2007, including Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and the Syrian border.
She has produced six video documentaries, the first of which Maria Grazia Cutuli. Il prezzo della verità won the 2010 Premio Giancarlo Siani. She has also won the awards "Journalist for the Mediterranean Sea" and "Colomba d'oro per la pace 2015". She has been a visiting lecturer since 2007 on the Masters course in journalism at the Cattolica University in Milan and at Vesalius College in Brussels (Exectutive course in Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Managment) since 2016.
She has written the e-book Lettere da Guantanamo (Il Reportage, December 2016) and with Paola Cannatella the graphic novel La sposa yemenita (Becco Giallo, January 2017).