Pedro Mendonca Pinto (age: 45) is a Portuguese-American journalist. He has been a sports anchor for CNN International based in Atlanta and London and was also managing director of communications at UEFA in Switzerland. He currently runs the sports communication company called Empower Sports of which Pinto is the founder and CEO.
Pedro Mendonca Pinto Family And Education Details
into attended St. Julian’s School in Carcavelos while growing up in Portugal and later graduated from American International School of Lisbon. He then moved to US and earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and marketing from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also earned a degree from Carolina School of Broadcasting. While at North Carolina university, Pinto worked for three years as a sportswriter and won the “Sportswriter of the Year” award in 1999. He also had internships with NBA and MSNBC in Charlotte.
Pedro Mendonca Pinto Broadcasting Career
Pedro Mendonca Pinto Early Work
Pinto started his broadcasting career with RTP headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal hosting a series of cartoon programming. Here he earned the opportunity to host the news show Caderno Diario, where he specialized in sports.
Pedro Mendonca Pinto At CNN
In 1998, he was hired by CNN to become a sports anchor and correspondent. He stayed in Georgia for 5 and a half years till 2003 and covered major footballing events like 2002 Football World Cup and multiple UEFA Champions League finals.
Pedro Mendonca Pinto Return To Portugal
In 2003, Pinto returned home and anchored the program Ultimo Noticias on Sport TV and worked extensively through the 2004 European Football Championships hosted by Portugal and presented the initial draw. He stayed there till November 2006 when he got an offer to re-join CNN. He had also worked as a freelance journalist for CNN during his days at Sport TV.
Pedro Mendonca Pinto Back With CNN
In 2006, Pinto re-joined CNN as a sports anchor in London. During this time, he interviewed sports personalities like Ronaldo, Kaka, Robinho, Jose Mourinho, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Alex Ferguson, Pele and Novak Djokovic. He continued anchoring the CNN World Sport show and later on also hosted a new football programme called CNN FC.
Pedro Mendonca Pinto With UEFA
After serving CNN for 15 years, Pinto left them to take up a job as Chief of Press at UEFA, working directly with President Michael Platini. He has hosted multiple UEFA Champions League draws. He co-hosted the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year awards in Zurich and the 2010 Ballon D’Or, also in Zurich.
On November 30th 2019, Pinto co-hosted the UEFA Euro 2020 group stage draws with Corina Caragea in Bucharest.
Pedro Mendonca Pinto Personal Life
Pinto was married to Hong Kong based CNN news anchor Monita Rajpal but the couple later divorced. The reason behind their divorce is not known. He doesn’t have any kids yet. Pinto is the founder and CEO of sports communication company Empower Sports. He is fluent in four languages, namely Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. He has occasionally appeared on the Guardian football podcast Football Weekly.
Pedro Mendonca Pinto Net Worth
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