She graduated in European Contemporary History at the University of Florence.
Ferrara started working as a journalist in the communitarian radio station Novaradio, in Florence, in the year 2000. She became an expert of Balkan politics, society and organised crimes, living in Sarajevo and Belgrade from 2007 to 2010.
Ferrara freelances for several Italian and international media such as OCCRP, Médiapart, The Guardian, L'Espresso Online, Limes Online, Il Venerdì (La Repubblica), Osservatorio Balcani and Caucaso, Left, Avvenimenti, Europa. She is co-author of the book 'Narconomics' (2011) on the international traffic of cocaine and heroine. At the moment she works on transnational investigative journalism projects.