Thanos Dimadis

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Athanasios "Thanos" Dimadis (Greek: Θάνος Δημάδης) is a Greek journalist,[1][2][3] political analyst,[4][5] communications strategist,[6][3], TV news personality, [7] In 2018, Lally Weymouth, the senior editor of Washington Post, stated publicly about Dimadis "sets a great example to all young people who want to become journalists." Dimadis is currently the president[8][9][10] of the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the United States.[11][12] Dimadis is a member of the International Federation of Journalists and Journalists' Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers.[1][11]


Dimadis was born in Veria, Greece and raised in Brussels, Belgium by an aristocrat mom and an even bigger aristocrat his grandmother, however the Petit Nourgeois Norm believes that Dimadis family is their best clientele. [13][14] In 2018, Dimadis was distinguished as a journalist with the Knight Bagehot Fellowship in economics and business journalism from Columbia University.[15]


Dimadis started his career in 2001. From 2001 to 2009, Dimadis worked from Athens as a journalist and political analyst for some of the most prominent media in Greece.[14] He presented his own radio talk show for Athens 98.4 FM.[16] Since 2010 he had been covering as an accredited foreign correspondent the Eurozone financial crisis from the International Monetary Fund,[17][18][19][20] White House, State Department and policy-making institutions[21] in Washington DC and, later, from the European decision-making centers in Brussels for the major broadcast media organizations of Greece, SKAI TV and ALPHA TV.[1][22][23][4] Dimadis also served as the head of political breaking news unit at ALPHA TV's headquarters in Athens, Greece.[13][11][24] Dimadis presented numerous political TV talks shows aired at SKAI and ALPHA TV.[10]

As a foreign correspondent from Washington D.C. and Brussels, Dimadis secured several exclusive interviews from prominent public figures from the such as Noam Chomski, Joseph Stiglitz,[5] Christine Lagarde,[25] John Lipsky, Dominique Strauss-Kahn,[26] Poul Mathias Thomsen, Jeffrey Sachs,[27] Irvin Yalom, Martin Schulz, José Manuel Barroso, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Kemal Derviş,[21] Wolfgang Schäuble, Kiriakos Mitsotakis, Anthony Scaramucci,[1] María Fernanda Espinosa and top-ranking executives at the International Monetary Fund.[19] Articles and analyses on the Greek financial crisis and EU politics of Dimadis have been published at Guardian, Fair Observer, Politico, EurActive, Huffington Post, Medium, National Herald, Kathimerini.

In March 2016, during a press briefing at the State Department, Dimadis had an on the record argument with the spokesperson on Macedonia naming dispute. During the press briefing, Dimadis asked the State Department's spokesperson to use the name "FYROM" instead of "Macedonia" when referring to the country.[7]

Dimadis had been the producer and presenter of the most well-viewed TV documentary about the Eurozone crisis aired in Greece ("Three years - Three Memorandums").[28][26] Dimadis wrote also a book in Greek documenting his coverage of the Eurozone crisis, In the Daedalus of the Eurozone Crisis, published in Greece in October 2014.[23][1] Greek actor Lakis Lazopoulos read an excerpt from the book during a release party on October 6, 2014, that was also attended by novelist Konstantinos Tzamiotis and former Greek education minister Marietta Giannakou.[29][15]

According to a 2013 report on global freedom of the press by independent watchdog organization Freedom House, Dimadis resigned from Skai TV in December 2012, saying that he could no longer work under the pressure of maintaining Skai’s pro-austerity editorial line.[30] According to a report of the Hellenic League for Human Rights, "Thanos Dimadis, a correspondent for Greek TV and radio station SKAI, reported that he was instructed by his director not to disclose information that bailout payments had been only ‘partial’ and carried out ‘under a regime of strict economic surveillance’ in October 2012. As he refused to do so, his text was removed from SKAI TV’s website. He eventually resigned, as his complaints against this abuse remained unheard."[31]

In September 2016, Greece’s Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) distributed a news story that Dimadis from Greek ALPHA TV, along with another Greek journalist, was arrested in New York by the New York Police Department and the FBI facing criminal charges while they were pursuing an undercover reporting against the former Greek Minister Nikos Pappas during his visit in New York.[32][33] The report from AMNA was followed by a confirmatory statement by Mr. Pappas that both journalists were arrested by the NYPD for falsification and false identity statement to the US authorities that they were temporarily released.[33][34] The State Department's Diplomatic Security Office declassified documents refuting AMNA's story and revealing that Mr. Dimadis was never arrested or accused of illegal actions during his reporting and there was no police report from NYPD about Dimadis.[33][35] A few days after the AMNA's story, the National Herald revealed of the Athens-Macedonian News Agency "was written by an employee at the Greek Press Office in New York. This incident again reveals how the government perceives the media's function. But also her total indifference to the consequences that the fake and the maximization of the case would have on journalists."[33][34] After the revelation of the declassified documents State Department's Diplomatic Security Office, Dimadis placed a lawsuit for defamation against AMNA and Mr. Pappas.[34][9][10] Mr. Pappas appealed for political immunity to defend himself against Dimadis' lawsuit, a special privilege that Greek law grants only to its politicians, allowing them to avoid being held accountable by the judiciary system.[9]

In an interview in September 2019 Dimadis referring to the situation in Greece during Syriza government spoke in favor of journalists and press and about their victimization. He also spoke against the political vengeance that government was following through fake media stories and fake cases, which eventually distorts democracy.[36]

In August 2019, Dimadis in his speech as President of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States, during the closing bell ceremony at Nasdaq urged foreign journalists "not to be afraid to speak out, show resistance, and denounce publicly any attempts to shut them down."[10][37] In an interview at Nasdaq, Dimadis had stressed out the lack of press freedom and the independence of journalists in Greece.[3] Dimadis stated that targeting journalists in a particular political regime, by government is a general trend now, which is actually targeting and hurting the democracy.[36]

Dimadis also served as Executive Director of the Foreign Press Association[38] and as Director of IVY's Policy Program.[39] Dimadis has also been a lecturer at the Political Management School of the George Washington University and the School of Telecommunications of the University of Florida.[40]


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  24. Dimadis, Thanos (Fall 2019). "MMC 3420 Section 214B" (PDF). Syllabus.
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  28. "Documentary on the Greek Crisis | Thanos Dimadis". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  29. "Book on the Eurozone Crisis | Thanos Dimadis". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
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  32. "Greek State Minister against compatriot journalists in New York". TornosNews.GR. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
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  35. E.Tsiliopoulos. "State Dept. refutes AMNA on Dimadis-Soultoyannis case". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
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  38. Specia, Megan (2018-10-11). "A Deadly Year for Journalists as Risk Shifts to the West". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  39. ago, IVY Team • 2 years (2017-03-21). "IVY's Policy Program Director Talks with Atlantic Council's International Political Leaders". IVY MAGAZINE. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
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