Luciano Onder graduated in Modern History in 1965 with Professor Renzo De Felice and taught at La Sapienza University of Rome.
He began working for RAI in 1966 on the series of programmes entitled Nascita di una dittatura with Sergio Zavoli. Other famous and highly successful programmes of historical reconstruction produced by him include: Gli anni del consenso in Italia: 1936-39 and Svastica. Le origini del nazismo. Since 1966 he has been involved in scientific divulgation work at RAI where he designed and conducted Medicina 33 for 35 years, a historical and more long-standing medical-scientific column with Sergio Zavoli than TG2.
In 2002 he was also Deputy Director of Tg2. In 2014, the University of Parma awarded him an honorary degree in Medicine and Surgery.
In September 2014 he joined the TG5 and TGcom24 team for which he works on the TG5 Salute and La salute prima di tutto columns, within the programme Mattino 5. Since 2013 he has also been running the medical programme La casa della salute on San Marino RTV.