Of Italian-American origin, born in Rome in 1951. I am a journalist, writer, translator, editor, documentary maker, radio speaker and lecturer. It was my Italian teacher in high school, the writer and literary critic Walter Mauro to show me the road to journalism. It was 1970, when my first article appeared in the weekly “Ciao 2001”. I had become a “music critic” and for a decade hundreds of my articles and reviews appeared on the major Italian music magazines, while I was leading RAI radio programs and I also lived a fundamental experience at the heart of the greatest recording industry of the time, the RCA.
After co-directing the first edition of “Rolling Stone Magazine,” I lived from 1980 to 1986 in New York, where I worked as a correspondent of RAI radio programs and then as editor-in-chief of the historical daily “Il Progresso Italo Americano.”
Back in Italy, the ’80s arrived, those within major publishing and cultural realities such as Virgin Disks, Video Electronics Club, Editalia (State Printing Institute), as Head Press Office and responsible for acquisitions rights Home Video and Television.
My journalistic and documentary activity took a turn in the early 90s with research and dissemination in the field of mysteries, culminating with the direction of the best magazines of the sector and of great encyclopedic and multimedia works. And, in that period, there was no shortage of public recognition, for the many television shows and conferences in Italy and abroad.
In 2009, a new transfer to the US, to Phoenix, Arizona where I was conducting the bimonthly “Open Minds,” a prestigious assignment I would have left in 2011. When I returned to Italy, I gave memories of the long years of activity between “disks” and “flying disks” in my first book “The Aliens Saved My Life,” an essay almost autobiographical currently in the second edition with Verdechiaro.
In 2013 I edited Michael Wolf’s cult book and instant bestseller “The Catchers of Heaven” (Verdechiaro) and in 2014 I made the English version of the documentary film by Franco Battiato “Crossing the Bard – Looks on the Afterlife” (Bompiani).
In 2014 I was Press Office Manager of the musical and theatrical production company Arte Italia nel Mondo.
So, to the free lance journalistic activity I have associated the artistic producer of the musical group Nuclearte, which is coming soon “Endo,” the first recording chapter of a revolutionary trilogy of electro-eso-world music.
In 2016 he edited the editorial production of the “Aliens” section of the great exhibition “MISTERO THE EXPERIENCE”, held in Turin at the Promotrice Belle Arti, under the patronage of the City of Turin.
Journalism / Publishing Career in UFO Research
Maurizio Baiata became involved with the Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) as a professional journalist during his years at “The Italian American Progress,” where he acquired basic investigative skills. While in Italy in 1989, Baiata started to focus on his career on research, writing and publishing the UFO phenomenon. He served leadership roles for a wide range of media projects including video, television, magazines and documentaries.
Between 1991-94, through Columbia’s TriStar Home Video, Baiata released the first series of UFOs documentaries to be produced in VHS. More than 250,000 copies of the 10-video series were sold, making it all-time bestseller of “Special Interest” videos within the Italian home- video market.
In 1995, Baiata managed the release of the famous “Alien Autopsy Footage,” both on television and in home video. Between 1995-2001, Baiata directed and managed four popular Italian UFO magazines (all monthly). These included: “UFO News,” “UFO Network,” “Alien Dossier” and “Stargate.”
In 1997, Baiata achieved the most prestigious achievement of his career: the creation, direction and production of the first multimedia encyclopedia ever released – not only in Italy, but in the world. It was titled “UFO Dossier X” (published by Rizzoli / Fabbri Editori) and included five books / volumes, with a total of 35 VHS documentaries. Also in 1997, Baiata released his own publishing company (Futuro Edizioni) the book “The Day After Roswell” by Col. Philip Corso (“The Day After Roswell”).
From the original manuscript of the course of the diary “Dawn of a New Age,” given to him by the Colonel, Baiata in 2003 released the book in Italian (Pendragon Editions). This was the first and only edition to be published worldwide. In the same year, a second VHS video encyclopedia was introduced, entitled “Stargate – Enigmas from the Cosmos” (Armando Curcio Editore). These five volumes and six DVDs are still on sale.
Baiata was appointed Managing Editor of the Italian monthly magazine “Area 51” (Hera Editions) in 2004. He served in that role until 2008, when he accepted the same role at another monthly magazine named “X Times,” which is still in publication in Italy.
In the year 2009 Baiata moved to Tempe, Arizona, where he was editor and chief editor of the bi-monthly magazine “Open Minds”, a widely successful publication currently distributed in the US territory.
Back to Italy in the year 2011, Baiata published his first book “The Aliens saved my life” (“The Aliens saved my life”).
Baiata has been published as an expert lecturer to numerous UFO conferences in Europe, the United States and South America.
- 1995 – First Swiss UFO Congress, in Lugano, Switzerland
- 1997 – First World UFO Forum in Brasilia, Brazil
- 2006 – 15 th International UFO Congress Film Festival in Laughlin, Nevada
- 2007- International UFO Conference in Leeds, United Kingdom
- 2009 – 18 th International UFO Congress Film Festival in Laughlin, Nevada
Baiata is highly respected by the American UFO community as researcher and professional journalist. He is recognized as a leading authority in the field of Ufology and has now been invited to countless worldwide TV and radio programs.
1970-1980: Musical journalism
Critic and journalist, weekly “Ciao 2001” and “Nuovo Sound”
Head of Rock for the monthly “Muzak” and “Stereoplay” magazines and curator of the “Best” specials.
Director, Italian edition of the American fortnightly “Rolling Stone”.
Co-author of the “Enciclopedia Pop” by Mauro Radice (Celuc Libri, 1976).
His articles, reviews, interviews with major international and Italian artists and rock groups, appeared on the best Italian music magazines of the decade.
1970-1980: Speaker and Radio Dj
RAI conductor and programmer and private broadcasters. Main programs: “Atmospheres 2000”, “Space X”, “One Step Forward”, “Sound Combination”, “Some Speech”.
1972-1973: In the recording management
Tour manager with Antonello Venditti, Il Perigeo, Il Volo, and Rock, Italian & Progressive – RCA Italia promotion manager.
1980-1986: Journalist in the USA
New York City: RAI Tre radio correspondent from RAI Corporation.
1983-1986: Editor-in-Chief of Shows and Culture of New York’s “Il Progresso Italo Americano” newspaper.
1986-1988: Head of press / Promotion, Virgin Dischi, Italy.
1988-1990: Marketing manager for foreign acquisitions and multimedia productions, Video Electronics Club, artistic, documentary, educational and research sector.
Participates in several editions of MIP TV and MIPCom (Cannes), MIFED and NATPE (USA).
1990-1995: INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION MARKETS
Participates in numerous editions of MIP and MIPCOM in Cannes, MIFED and NATPE (USA) as trade manager, buyer and consultant of rights for Home Video and Television. It has contacts with major US, European and Eastern European networks, with international distribution majors, with independent producers and filmmakers.
For the results he obtained, he received the CINETEX 1990 award in Las Vegas.
Inquiry Television Journalism
Special care on the UFO phenomenon and on the great mysteries of History for “Mixer” and “Misteri” (RAI2) by Giovanni Minoli.
1991-1995: Multimedia Marketing and Press Offices
He directed and produced the “UFO” series (10 VHS) for the Columbia Tristar Home Video.
He is responsible for the video inquiries “JFK The other truth”, “The Legend of Marilyn” and “Legends in Love” for RCS Home Video / Fabbri Editori.
Marketing Manager, Head of Press Office Editalia SpA (Poligrafico dello Stato Group). He takes care of the video inquiries “Hitler-The Final Secret” and “Berlin – At any cost”.
In 1995 he published in Italy the film of the “Autopsy Alien” (Santilli Footage), broadcast by the “Mysteries” program of RAIDue.
1995-2005: Editorial Activity
1995: Publishing direction of the monthly magazines “UFO News” and “Dossiers Aliens”.
1998: Curator of the Italian edition of the bestseller “The Day After Roswell” by Philip Corso.
1998: Editorial Director, encyclopedia “UFO Dossier X” for RCS-Fabbri Editori.
1999: Curator of the Italian edition of “The Catchers of Heaven” by Michael Wolf.
1999: Editorial Director of the monthly magazines “UFO Network”, “Extraterrestre” and “Stargate”.
2001: Director of the multimedia encyclopedia “Stargate – Enigmi dal Cosmo”, Armando Curcio Editore.
2004: Curator “The Dawn of a New Era” by Philip Corso, “Agartha” by Carlo Barbera (Pendragon Editions), “Basta Segreti Basta Bugie” by Patricia Cori (Nexus Edizioni).
Artistic Director and Editorial of “Mysteria” (Warner Village, Rome), international exhibition whose pavilions (UFO and Aliens; myths, legends and traditions; frontier sciences; enigmas of the earth; esotericism; at the confines of faith; paranormal phenomena) , are visited by over 100,000 people.
Special curator on the mysteries for the “Top Secret” program by Claudio Brachino (Retequattro).
He heads “Area 51” for Hera Editions.
He directs “X Times” for X-Publishing.
2009-2011: Phoenix (USA)
He moved to the USA to found and direct the bimonthly “Open Minds”. He leaves the management in September 2010.
In 2011 he published his first book “The Aliens saved my life”, (X-Publishing and second edition Verdechiaro, 2013).
Translation and adaptation Italian-English documentaries “In the world of the Etruscans – Digital Environment” (Piero Angela, Multimedia Project – Permanent Museum Cerveteri – Necropolis of Banditaccia).
Translation and adaptation from the French documentaries TV Art on the world of Nature (DAT Editions).
Translator and curator of the bestseller “I Guardiani del Cielo” (“The Catchers of Heaven” by Michael Wolf) for Verdechiaro, three editions.
Adapter and curator of the English edition of the documentary film by Franco Battiato “Crossing the Bard – Looks on the Afterlife” (Bompiani).
Translator and interpreter of the conference “The Nature of Mind” with Franco Battiato and the American physicist Jack Sarfatti, Teatro Sangiorgi, Catania.
May 2014 – March 2015
Head of Press Office and International Marketing Manager of Show Service – Arte Italia nel Mondo (Rome).
He is responsible for the editorial production of the “Aliens” section of the exhibition “MISTERO THE EXPERIENCE”, Promoter of Fine Arts, sponsored by the City of Turin.
In addition to continuing his work as a freelance journalist and international lecturer in the field of Mysteries and UFOs, his passion for avant-garde music led him to collaborate with the Nuclearte group, until the release of their album “Endo”.
At the same time, he resumed writing music in the prestigious Classic Rock magazine.
September 2016 – 2017
He is involved in management and promotional initiatives concerning the “Spirituality” tour of Juri Camisasca and Rosario Di Bella, for OS Music & Arts, of which he is editorial director.
Journalism / Publishing Career in Rock Music
Before he turned his attention to the UFO phenomena, Baiata was also a well-accomplished writer and publisher in the realm of rock music. He held the following positions in Italy between 1969 and 1981:
- 1969-73: staff journalist for the weekly magazine “Ciao 2001”
- 1974: music editor for the monthly magazine “Muzak”
- 1976-79: music editor for the Hi-Fi monthly magazine “Stereoplay”
- 1980: managing editor for the Italian edition of the US “Rolling Stone” magazine
In the above 10-year period, Baiata published hundreds of articles and conducted dozens of interviews with many of the most famous rock stars of the 1970s and 80s. Rock critics of that era.
Baiata moved to New York City in 1980 and worked as a radio correspondent for the Italian network RAI. He also continued his journalistic activity there at US correspondent for the Italian weekly magazine “Ciao 2001.”
In 1982, Baiata became the editor-at-large of the Culture and Entertainment page of the daily newspaper “Il Progresso Italo Americano,” a position he held until 1986.