Every Friday evening, hundreds of thousands of Greeks are glued to their TV sets watching the latest episode of “Fos sto Tounel,” or “Light in the Tunnel,” by investigative journalist Angeliki Nikolouli.
Nikolouli has earned a reputation as a hard hitting, serious journalist who has real sway in many of the largest criminal cases in Greece.
Her show not only helps to bring awareness to murder cases and disappearances, but it also often includes new information that may point to a perpetrator or the location of a missing person.
In fact, information from her show, which has been on air since 1995, has helped the police solve nearly 20 criminal cases.
Greek journalist Angeliki Nikolouli’s reporting has helped solve criminal cases
Most notably, her coverage of the case of a mother who has been arrested for the murder of her child in Patra has gone viral across the world. The mother, Roula Pispirigou, lost all three of her children in the span of just two years.
Police determined that the death of her eldest daughter amounted to homicide and that the suspect may have given her daughter a fatal dose of ketamine. While they have not pressed charges in the deaths of her other two children, police are investigating their deaths as “criminal acts,” as well.
When Pispirigou was first arrested in late March, Greek journalist Nikolouli’s show covered the case and brought in waves of new viewers who were horrified by the child’s death.
Her show soon entered the top three internationally trending topics on Twitter, a very impressive accomplishment.
Born in Pyrgos, a small city in the Peloponnese, Nikolouli got her first break as a journalist working in some of Greece’s biggest newspapers and magazines. She became well-known across the country after revealing that the country’s National Intelligence Service had been illegally wire tapping Greek politicians and other members of society.
The scandal brought Nikolouli into prominence, and she was even called to testify in front of Greek Parliament due to her work on the case.
The Greek reporter dedicated to uncovering the truth
Nikolouli’s connection to crime reporting is also strong. The Greek journalist’s research has even helped the police apprehend notorious Greek serial killers Kyriakos Papachronis and Spiros Beskos.
Her work as an investigative reporter has led Nikolouli to be honored by the European Union, the Hellenic Police, and dozens of social organizations in Greece and abroad.
At her core, Nikolouli is devoted to uncovering the truth, no matter how horrific or tragic it may be. On her show, she regularly highlights cases of missing people, particularly vulnerable refugees and migrant children, as well as older people.
This is even apparent on her website, which features the latest posters of missing people across Greece, posted there with the hopes that someone may locate them.
Her work as a crime reporter has also inspired her career as a novelist. In 2016, Nikolouli released a crime drama called “Love Slayer.”