First years in Africa
Born in Beira in the province of Sofala, he is the son of José da Paz Brandão Rodrigues dos Santos (Penafiel, October 13, 1930 – January 1986), doctor, and of Maria Manuela de Campos Afonso Matos. While still a baby, his family moved to Tete, where he would live until the age of nine.
José António Afonso Rodrigues dos Santos has been a journalist, war reporter, star presenter of 20H in Portugal for over twenty-five years, J.R. dos Santos is one of the greatest European authors of thrillers. The Tomás Noronha saga, …
José António Afonso Rodrigues dos Santos has been a journalist, war reporter, star presenter of 20H in Portugal for over twenty-five years, J.R. dos Santos is one of the greatest European authors of thrillers. The Tomás Noronha saga, translated into 18 languages, became known in France with “La Formula de Dieu”, sold nearly 500,000 copies (2 million worldwide) and for which the rights of adaptation to the cinema were acquired by Belga Films. With “Immortal”, he signs the 8th novel of the saga in France
He was born on April 1, 1964 in Beira, Mozambique, when this African country is part of the Portuguese Empire. After the collapse of the latter in 1974, he moved to Portugal and then to Macao, then a Portuguese colony in China. It was there that he began his career as a journalist before returning to Portugal and then to Great Britain, in 1986, recruited by the BBC in London.
From 1990, José returned to Portugal, he then worked for Portuguese public television and taught journalism at the University of Lisbon. While presenting the evening newspaper in January 1991, the Gulf War broke out. The event will propel him to the front of the media scene, he is promoted to star presenter of the television news. As a war reporter he covered events in several countries including Angola, East Timor, South Africa, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq, Bosnia …
He has received numerous awards for his reporting by CNN and the Portuguese Press Club. From 2002, he began to write short stories for a literary magazine.
Noticed by literary critics, his second book The Captain’s Daughter became one of the bestsellers of 2004. Since then, success has not been denied. Regularly since 2012, acclaimed by Portuguese readers, he has won the Reader’s Digest prize. After the success of his opus The Formula of God released in 2012, he published The ultimate secret of Christ in 2013, The key of Solomon in 2014 and Codex 632, the secret of Christopher Columbus in 2015, the first novel in the Tomás Noronha saga. .
The novels of JR dos Santos and his hero Tomás Noronha are a great success around the world. Scholarly thrillers, they deal with subjects of science, religion or history with always an incredible work of research, because the central subject of all of JR dos Santos’ novels remain the same: the truth. As a war reporter and author, this question has never left him. And what makes the Tomás Noronha series unique is precisely this systematic challenge of questioning a pre-established truth in order to reestablish a new one, difficult to accept perhaps, but much clearer.
José António Afonso Rodrigues dos Santos, born April 1, 1964 in Beira, Mozambique, is a Portuguese journalist and writer. He is currently the flagship presenter of the 8 p.m. newscast on public broadcaster RTP1.
Following the separation of his parents, he moved to Lisbon with his mother, but her mother’s financial difficulties forced him to move back to live with his father in Penafiel, in the north of Portugal. His father having difficulty adapting to Portugal, they move to Macao. There he created a student newspaper which aroused the interest of those in charge of a local radio station. This will lead him to be interviewed by a journalist newly arrived in Macao: Judite de Sousa (currently a civil servant for the private channel TVI). In 1981, aged 17, José Rodrigues dos Santos began his career as a journalist with Radio Macau.
José Rodrigues dos Santos holds a doctorate in communication sciences with a thesis on war reporting at the New University of Lisbon.
He is also a professor at the New University of Lisbon and a journalist for RTP, having twice held the post of director of information for Portuguese public television.
Since 1991, he has been presenting the 8 p.m. TV news on RTP1, the leading Portuguese public channel.