Vitaly Portnikov graduated from Moscow State University, Faculty of Journalism in 1990. During his studies, he cooperated with the Kyiv newspaper Molod' Ukrainy. Since 1989, he works as the analyst of the Nezavisimaya Gazeta, specializing in Post-Soviet countries, and cooperates with the Russian and Ukrainian services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
In 2007, he was the editor-in-chief of the Media-Dom holding by the Ukrainian newspaper Gazeta24. Since 2008, he has been the author of the weekly TV show "Kyivski pohliad". His areas of interest are also Jews and the Middle East.
In May 2010, Mr. Portnikov worked as an editor-in-chief of TVi. In November 2012, he became president of this channel.
In November 2013, Portnikov started creating programs for Espreso TV.
Vitaly Portnikov is the winner of the "Zolote Pero 1989", the award of the Ukrainian Association of Journalists. He has also been nominated for the title of the Journalist of the Year in Ukraine.