João Almeida has a degree in psychology of the University of Lisbon. He attended the music classes at the Academia de Amadores de Música and studied guitar at the Escola Duarte Costa.
He has worked as an author and actor with theatre companies, in particular with the Teatro Ibérico and the Casa da Comédia.
Between 1988 and 1999, he worked as a journalist for the radio station TSF, reporting on the massacres in Ruanda in 1994, the German reunification in 1990 and the fall of the Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989. He also reported on the Balkan wars.
In 2000 he started to work as a television editor at SIC and in 2005, he joined the management of the public Portuguese radio station RDP where starting as a deputy director, he later succeeded João Pereira Bastos as director of RDP’s classic radio channel Antena 2.
The Prize for Cultural Journalism is awarded annually by the Portuguese Authors’ Society, as is the case for other prizes of this society, like the Pedro Osório, Igrejas Caeiro and José da Ponte Prize.