In 1962, aged 19, he began his career at “L’Eco di Bergamo” newspaper. After successfully running a number of newspapers, in 1992 he took over from Montanelli to manage “Il Giornale”, increasing sales to 250,000 copies in just a few years. In 2000, he established “Libero” and, in 2009, he took back the reins at “il Giornale”. After briefly returning to run Libero, in 2011 he went back to il Giornale as a columnist.
Roberto Castagner chose Vittorio Feltri as the winner of the first Premio Fuoriclasse Award, not only for his great professional qualities but also for his courage in “starting up his own business, clearly expressing his own ideas without compromises and providing the Italian press with a frank voice, able to speak to everyone with lucidity and honesty”.
On the same day, the former mayor of Venice, Massimo Cacciari, also received an honorary award, who brought with him the city’s greetings, and Giancarlo Aneri, Massimo Donadon, Callisto Fedon and Giacomo Rallo became members of the panel of judges for the award.