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Alexandra Pascalidou in 2011
July 17, 1970 |
|Occupation||Journalist, television hostess and author|
Alexandra Pascalidou (born July 17, 1970, Bucharest, Romania) is a Greek-Swedish journalist, television hostess and author. She is also a frequent lecturer, discussion leader and human rights activist.
Life and career
Pascalidou became known to the public in 1995, when she started hosting the multicultural TV-show Mosaik in SVT, one of Sweden’s Public Service-channels.
Between 2000-2001 she hosted "Som sagt" in SVT, a Saturday night-program that had its focus on literature and language questions. At the same time, she was the producer and reporter for the TV-show "Striptease" that focused on investigative journalism.
In 2004 Pascalidou hosted the Olympics in Athens for SVT and thereafter she lived in Greece for two years where she hosted various TV-shows. For example Friday night entertainment in ERT where she spent a whole day with Roberto Cavalli, Isabel Allende and Roger Moore among others. She was also hosting Greek morning television every day with three hours of live coverage each episode. She also was hostess for the Eurovision Song Contest in Greece in 2005, and commentator in Kiev the year when Greece won the competition for the first time. In the same year Pascalidou hosted Melodifestivalen in Sweden from Gothenburg.
Pascalidou is a columnist and freelance writer in newspapers such as GP, Metro and Expressen. She blogs continually on Metrobloggen and she gives lectures on diversity and the media, democracy and justice issues, rhetoric and leadership, gender and cultural competence.
She has also served on the Board of BRIS (Children's right in society) and the board of kvinnojouren Terrafem working with women’s rights against men’s violence. She is involved in women's health and is a member of the 2.6 miljoner klubben and she is a mom's ambassador to RFSUs campaign. Alexandra sits on the board of the foundation Läxhjälpen which helps young people in troubled areas with their homework to help them get access to secondary education.
Pascalidou was in the mid-1990s along with Michael Alonzo, Dogge Doggelito and Cissi Elwin prominent figures in the Swedish part of Europarådets anti-racism campaign "All Different All Equal" as in Sweden also went under the working title "Youth against Racism”(UMR).
Her work against racism and for human rights has led to hundreds of death threats. But she continues her lectures on human rights and operates a number of charity projects for children in Sweden's suburbs. Pascalidou herself has said that "I have had all the obstacles you may have to be successful- wog, woman, child of divorce, from a suburban neglected working class".
- My Big Fat Greek Cookbook (2010) Bonnier fakta 
- Taxi (2008). Interviews with taxi drivers around the world, from Nairobi to New York. Also available in Greek (Psychogios Publications) This book was sent on radio P1, P3 and P4, where Alexandra directed Sweden's leading actors including Michael Nyqvist, Samuel Fröler, David Dencik and Andreas Wilson.
- Front Kick (2003). Stories from Alexandra's journeys in the world of racism, terrorism, media, democracy and so on.
- Cross-Roads: voices from suburban cultures (2002). Deep interviews with famous Swedish artists who grew up in the suburbia. For example Joakim Thåström, Jerry Williams, Metallica, Dogge and others.
- Beyond my mom’s street (2001). An autobiographical book about growing up in one of Sweden's poorest neighborhoods. The book was hailed by critics and used in schools as tooting literature. The book was translated into Greek by publisher Oceanid.
In popular culture
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). Pascalidou appeared briefly in this film as a Swedish TV reporter covering the protagonist's trial.
- "Alexandra ny programledare i "Förkväll" – Metro". Metro.se. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
- Alexandra PascalidouJournalist & författare. "Hyckleri när EU ska hjälpa Grekland ur kris – Metro". Metro.se. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
- Vardagar 05:50 och helger 07:58. "Nyhetsmorgon: Alexandra Pascalidou och mamma Hrisula om nya kokboken - TV4 Play". Tv4play.se. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
- Maria Hedlund (2010-03-14). "I Grekland lagas mat på känsla och inte recept". DN.SE. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
- Aftonbladet interview with Pascalidou
- Interview with Alexandra about Athens
- Alexandra talks about her new cookbook in TV4
- Board of the foundation Läxhjälpen