Nikolia Apostolou is a multimedia-journalist currently sharing her time between Lesbos and Athens, Greece. For the past five years, she has been writing, doing video, and producing documentaries based out of Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey for media such as: The Associated Press, AJ+, The New York Times, USAToday, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera, The Economist, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Berlin Policy Journal, Global Post, and many others.
With a group of eight journalists across Europe, North Africa, and Turkey, Nikolia also researched “The Criminal Migrant Shipping Network” on how cargo ships are used to transfer big numbers of refugees from Turkey to Greece and Italy.
Nikolia won a gold medal in the video content category and a silver medal as Independent Publisher of The Year at the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Awards for her documentary The Fishermen of Lesbos.
In May 2012, she co-directed a documentary on the Greek far-right wing party, Golden Dawn. In 2014 and in 2013, Nikolia earned two Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards (IPA) for her for the New York Times “Questioning Greek Growth” and her video “Stateless”.
Nikolia earned her Master’s Degree in Digital Media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and her Bachelor’s Degree at Panteion University, in Athens, Greece majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Lesbos, Istanbul, Riyadh, and New York, but keeps traveling the globe.