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 recently 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 an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Center for Policy Studies. Her themes are conflict, stability, 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, Seven Days in the Life of Syria, will be published next spring by W.W. Norton as well as Bloomsbury in the UK. A documentary will also be released about her investigative work inside Syria.
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 Times, Vanity Fair and Newsweek.
In October, 2014, Janine became an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland
- Syria’s Unspoken Crimes
Vanity Fair, August 2013
- Covering the Conflict and Unspoken Crimes in Syria
WNYC, The Leonard Lopate Show, 12
- Angelina Jolie's revelation of her mastectomy is just the latest from a brave and dedicated woman
The Guardian, 19 May 2013
- Life During Wartime: Remembering the siege of Sarajevo
Harper's, April 2013