Born in Stockholm in 1959.
After his secondary education at a grammar school for modern languages in Hanover, he studied Communication, Modern History, and Politics at Maximilian University in Munich. After gaining his first journalistic experience at the Neue Presse in Hanover, di Lorenzo worked as a presenter of the youth programme “Live from the Alabama” for Radio Bavaria.
From 1987 he worked at Süddeutsche Zeitung – at first as a political reporter and later on as head of features of “The Page Three”.
Since 1989 Giovanni di Lorenzo moderates the talk show “III past 9” for Radio Bremen.
From 1999 di Lorenzo was the editor-in-chief of the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel with which he is still closely associated.
Since August 2004 he is the sole editor-in-chief of the weekly Die Zeit.