«From the green heart of Italy to the heart of everyone».
Serena Scorzoni is from Perugia and one of the most famous faces of Rai News 24. Enter our homes to tell us about daily news and, as a careful journalist, she couldn’t avoid taking a picture of her Umbria. A land to which she is very fond, but she has a critical attitude towards Umbria too “Politics have never had the courage to tackle the problems that isolate our region geographically. They don’t care about it, until they’ll face the harsh reality, I hope they’ll wake up”.
Serena, first of all: what is your relationship with this region?
My parents and my family live in Perugia. I therefore have an indissoluble link. Here there are my roots, but I decided to put myself away from the security of my land.
Thanks to your work, you tell the reality: how do you consider the Umbrian reality? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
Umbria is a wonderful land, but like all things full of light, there are also shadows. I would like it to be more open and welcoming, less rough and closed. But it is for me the place of the soul.
How would you describe it, apart from the green heart of Italy?
Art, spirituality, food & wine, but also the tenacity and courage of the Umbrian women and men. I think of the many companies, our fellow countrymen who made themselves known in the world because of culture, science and entrepreneurship. From the green heart of Italy of Umbria to the heart of all.
Several events, I think of the earthquake and the Meredith case, have offered a vision of Perugia and of Umbria not entirely true, or maybe yes: what do you think?
I followed closely the dramatic story of Meredith and the whole media circus that for years has told a part of the story. Of course, the crime has given a very negative effect on our city and our region. It tore a veil of hypocrisy on the idyllic image of Umbria. Since then, politics have not had the courage to tackle the knots that isolate our region geographically. I mean that everyone sat on a vision of convenience, until they’ll face the harsh reality. I hope they’ll wake up.
You attended the RAI Journalism School in Perugia: what would you recommend to a youngster who is thinking of undertaking this creer?
My advice is twofold: wear comfortable shoes to tell the reality of the street and never stop learning what journalism means.
You worked for a long time for the Tgr Umbria: do you have an amusing anecdote – which you’d like to tell us, which happened during that period?
There is one about the live coverage from Gubbio on the occasion of the “Festa dei Ceri”, I was literally thrown into the atmosphere of the event. If I think about it, I still laugh today.
How would you describe Umbria in three words?
Sun, heart, love… No joke: quality of life.
The first thing that comes to your mind thinking of this region…
The sunset on the Trasimeno Lake.