Pedro Pinto

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Pedro Mendonça Pinto (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpedɾu mẽˈdõsɐ ˈpĩtu]) (born 28 January 1975 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese journalist[1] who was a sports anchor for CNN International based in London, England.

Early life[edit]

Pinto graduated from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte with a degree in communications and marketing and graduated from the Carolina School of Broadcasting. He went to St. Julian's School, in Carcavelos, Portugal, and graduated from AISL (American International School of Lisbon) in Carnaxide. His father was an economist and his mother a Portuguese language teacher.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Pedro Pinto started his career with Caderno Diário where he was a sports anchor and editor for the Rádio Televisão Portuguesa show. Pinto used to anchor the program World Sports in CNN between 1998 and 2003, in Atlanta, Georgia. Back in Portugal he anchored the program Últimas Notícias on Sport TV. He coordinated European Sports at CNN International. He also anchored the CNN World Sport show from London. He occasionally appears on the popular Guardian football podcast Football Weekly.

Pedro Pinto left CNN World Sport as anchor after 15 Years on the air.

UEFA and FIFA work[edit]

Pinto hosted the UEFA Champions League Draws, where he delivered the best player of the year awards. Over his career Pinto has interviewed many huge international sports personalities such as Ronaldo, Kaká, Robinho, José Mourinho, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Alex Ferguson, Pelé and Novak Djokovic. [2]

He also hosted the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards Ceremony in Zürich, Switzerland alongside Charlotte Jackson and the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or with Carol Manana.[3]


  1. ^ "Distinguished Americans & Canadians of Portuguese Descent". Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  2. ^ Series about the world tennis stars "Open Court"
  3. ^ Messi and Marta on top of the world ( 21 December 2009