Francesca joined Blue Heron in 2017. She was previously a fellow at The Trace, an independent news publication covering gun violence. She graduated with honors from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2016. She holds a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Psychology from John Cabot University (Rome, Italy). She is a native pugliese and has a background in freelance reporting, graphic design, translating, and hosting radio shows.