Christian Picciolini

Founder,
Free Radicals Project

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a TEDx speaker, author, peace advocate, and a reformed violent extremist. His life’s work bears witness to an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and an urgency to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good. After leaving the violent hate movement he helped create during his youth, he began the painstaking process of rebuilding his life.

In 2009, Christian co-founded the nonprofit Life After Hate and is currently the Free Radicals Project, the world’s first global network of extremism preventionists, helping people disengage from hate movements and other violent ideologies around the globe.

In 2016, Christian won an Emmy Award for his role in directing and producing an anti-hate advertising campaign aimed at helping youth disengage from white-supremacist groups. He has worked as an adjunct professor at the college level, and is a frequent commentator on national and international news networks. In 2018, he launched MSNBC’s Breaking Hate, a documentary series highlighting his deradicalization work in violent extremism.

Christian Picciolini’s memoir, WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out, where he details his involvement in, and eventual exit from, the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement, was published by Hachette Books in 2018.