Recipient of the
Hay Medal for Prose 2016

presented by Hay Festival Director Peter Florence after a fascinating and moving session about her experiences in Syria.
Hay Festival, Wales


Since its inception in 1990, IWMF has honored
more than 100 women journalists from 54 countries as part of its Courage in Journalism Awards program. 

Janine di Giovanni, Middle East Editor of Newsweek and contributing editor of Vanity Fair, is one of Europe's most respected and experienced reporters.  Her reporting has been called "established, accomplished brilliance" and she has been cited as "the finest foreign correspondent of our generation".

She became an Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University in recognition of her work on violence and war and the trauma it brings to society, and has been named as one of the 100 most influential people reducing armed conflict by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). She is also a PAKIS SCHOLAR AT THE FLETCHER SCHOOL FOR LAW AND DIPLOMACY, TUFTS UNIVERSITY;  Associate Fellow at the Geneva Center for Policy Studies and a non-resident fellow in INTERNATIONAL SECURITY at the New America Foundation.  Her themes are conflict, crimes against humanity, refugee issues,  transitional justice and security.

 Her work is widely anthologized and in 2014 her article from Harper's Magazine, "Life during Wartime", was chosen by the writer Paul Theroux as one of the essays included in The Best American Travel Writing.

Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, Di Giovanni has mainly been focused in the Middle East, a region she has been working in for two decades. She travels extensively to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria to do field work and research. Her concentration has been on the war in Syria, and her new book, "The Morning They Came For Us:  Dispatches From Syria", will be published next spring by W.W. Norton as well as Bloomsbury in the UK in early 2016. A documentary will also be released about her investigative work inside Syria, called 7 Days in Syria

 She recently published a groundbreaking investigation into the funding of the Islamic State, which was a cover story for Newsweek.

 She has consulted with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the Syrian refugee crisis, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Internews.In 2013, she was a Senior Policy Fellow at The Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery at Central European University,focusing on giving Syrian refugees a political voice post-war in Aleppo, Syria. 

 She has done three long investigations into Syrian human rights violations, including rape and torture. She has received grants from The Nation Institute for this work, and her long format pieces were published in Granta, the New York TimesVanity Fair and Newsweek.

In October, 2014, Janine became an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland

Newsweek articles

As the war enters its fifth year this week, NPR's Deb Amos and Newsweek's Janine di Giovanni look back to how it started, with a quick shift from protests to brutality
MARCH 20, 2015 - NPR

A full house convened at the Frontline Club on Wednesday 17 February for an audience with journalist Janine di Giovanni to mark the launch of her new book, The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from SyriaDi Giovanni, who first travelled to Syria in 2012, was joined by BBC HARDtalk presenter Stephen Sackur to discuss the unfolding chaos in the region, and what it was like to tell the stories of people now engulfed in a fifth year of civil war.

Janine on "What i saw in the war"
TEDxWomen talk,
1 Dec., Washington, DC

This was the first edition of this new GCSP Event series: the Geneva Security Debates, with Janine Di GiovanniProf. Anatol Lieven and James Nixey
15 Oct 2015