Janine di Giovanni is a multi-award-winning journalist and author, and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. For this event, she will be sharing the darkest sides of our recent history which, unfortunately, echoes what is happening on the ground in Ukraine as we speak.

Janine writes long format reportage, mainly about war and the politics of conflict.  She was awarded a  2019 Guggenheim Fellowship and is a public speaker and a foreign policy analyst. In 2020, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her their highest non-fiction prize, the Blake Dodd. 

Di Giovanni was a war reporter for nearly three decades, from the first Palestinian intifada in the early 1990s to the siege of Sarajevo; the Rwandan genocide; the brutal wars in Sierra Leone, Somalia, Ivory Coast, and Liberia to Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. She reported extensively in Iraq pre and post-invasion as well as covering covered both the Arab Spring and the conflict in Syria.  Her fieldwork for her current book takes her to Gaza, Iraq, Egypt, and Syria.    

Her focus is on war crimes; global terrorism; refugee issues and sexual violence during wartime. Her goal is to document evidence on the ground that can later be cited in war crimes tribunals.  She works alone, often undercover, and in closed and difficult countries. She is the former Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has won more than a dozen awards, including the National Magazine Award, two Amnesty International Prizes and the prestigious Courage in Journalism Award.


Courage in Journalism

A short video by news channel CNN, produced on the occasion of Di Giovanni's acceptance of the International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism Prize.

Founded in 1990, the mission of the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is to strengthen the role of women in the news media worldwide.


As an analyst, Janine has written governmental white papers and been a Senior Consultant for projects for the UN Refugee Agency; the UN Democracy Fund; The Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recover; and the International Refugee Commission. She is an International Board Member of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and an advisor on strategic communications.  

Di Giovanni was a long-time Senior Foreign Correspondent for The Times of London and a Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair. She now writes for the New York Times; the Washington Post; The Guardian; The New York Review of Books; Harpers; The Atlantic; Foreign Affairs, and many other publications.