Alexis Papachelas is the creator of “The Files” and Director (Executive Editor) of the daily newspaper, “KATHIMERINI”.
Alexis Papachelas is the creator of “The Files” and Director (Executive Editor) of the daily newspaper, “KATHIMERINI”. “In an age where we journalists are accustomed to acting as public prosecutors or simply re-broadcasting cries of outrage” he said during the first ever broadcast of “The Files” in October 2000, “we will attempt to report on unresolved cases with level-headedness and without excess commentary.” Since then, Alexis Papachelas has investigated cases that span the full breadth of the Greek political scene. Until the arrest of key figures of the terrorist organization “November 17” in 2002, he was unflagging in his in-depth reporting on the issue of terrorism in Greece.
In the eleven years of “The Files” running Papachelas has interviewed former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Anan, former U.S. Presidents George Bush Sr and Bill Clinton, former US Vice President Al Gore, the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, former U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, the serving Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, former Turkish prime ministers Bulent Ecevit and Mesut Yilmaz and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.
Under Alexis Papachelas “The Files” have been nominated for Outstanding Newsprogram every year since its inception and has won the award every year for the past seven years.
Papachelas’ first television award for Outstanding Newsprogram came however in 1999 for the program “To Mavro Kouti” (“The Black Box”) which he co-hosted with Tasos Telloglou and Pavlos Tsimas. Until 1998 Papachelas was the United States correspondent for the daily newspaper, “KATHIMERINI” as well as MEGA television network. In 1996 his live report from Washington on the role of the U.S. Administration during the night of the Greek-Turkish standoff at Imia sent waves through Athens. A few years earlier he had received a similar response to his exclusive television interview with the leader of the Zapatistas in Mexico.
Alexis Papachelas began working as a journalist in 1983 at the newspaper, “AVGI” (“Dawn”). He studied History, International Relations and Journalism at Bard College and Columbia University in the United States.
In 1997 he wrote his first book titled The Rape of Greek Democracy (ESTIA) and in 2002 he co-authored the book File November 17 with Tasos Telloglou.