Janine Di Giovanni

Janine di Giovanni is a multi-award-winning journalist, war correspondent, author, and senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She writes long-format reportage, mainly about war, politics, and conflict. Janine was awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship and is also a public speaker and a foreign policy analyst. She has published eight books, including the critically acclaimed “The Morning they Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria,” which was translated into 30 languages and was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein New York Public Library Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2020, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her their highest nonfiction prize, the Blake-Dodd Prize. Born in New Jersey and a graduate of the University of Maine, Janine was a war reporter for nearly three decades, covering the first Palestinian intifada in the early 1990s; the siege of Sarajevo; the Rwandan genocide; and wars in Sierra Leone, Somalia, Ivory Coast Liberia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. She reported extensively in Iraq pre- and post-invasion, the Arab Spring, and Syria. Her current focus is on war crimes, global terrorism, refugee issues, and sexual violence during war.

• 30+ years of experience as a war reporter
• Guggenheim Fellow (2019)
• Won the Blake-Dodd nonfiction prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her lifetime body of work (2020)
• Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (2016-2017)
• Won the National Magazine Award for “Madness Visible” for Vanity Fair (2000)
• Won two Amnesty International Prizes (2000, 2001) for reporting on Bosnia and Sierra Leone
• Won the Courage in Journalism Award (2016)
• Won the May Chidiac Foundation Engaged Journalist Award (2017)
• Granada Television's What the Papers Say Foreign Correspondent of the Year for her reporting from Chechnya
• Won the Hay Medal for Prose for “The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria and Madness Visible: A Memoir of War” (2016)
• Fellow at The New America Foundation and the Geneva Center for Security Policy in International Security
• Lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations

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