Janine di Giovanni
|Janine di Giovanni|
|Born||Caldwell, New Jersey, United States|
|Nationality||American, French, British|
|Occupation||journalist, war reporter, author|
|Notable credit(s)||The New York Times
Council on Foreign Relations
|Title||Middle East Editor at Newsweek|
|Spouse(s)||Marc Schlossman (divorced 1995); Bruno Girodon (separated)|
|Children||Luca Costantino Girodon|
|Parent(s)||Vincent and Catherine Buccino di Giovanni|
|Janine di Giovanni|
Janine di Giovanni  is an author, award-winning foreign correspondent, and current Middle East editor at Newsweek. She is a regular contributor to The Times, Vanity Fair, Granta, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Di Giovanni is also a consultant on Syria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a Senior Policy Manager/Advisor at the Centre for Conflict, Resolution and Recovery for the School of Public Policy at Central European University.
In 2013, di Giovanni was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world of armed violence by the organization Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).
She is one of the journalists featured in a documentary about women war reporters, Bearing Witness, a film by three-time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple, which was shown at the Tribeca film festival and on the A&E network in May 2005.
In 1993, she was the subject of another documentary about women war reporters, No Man's Land which followed her working in Sarajevo. She has also made two long format documentaries for the BBC. In 2000, she returned to Bosnia to make Lessons from History, a report on five years of peace after the Dayton Accords. The following year she went to Jamaica to report on a little-known but tragic story of police assassinations of civilians, Dead Men Tell No Tales. Both films were critically acclaimed.
Janine di Giovanni began reporting by covering the first Palestinian intifada in the late 1980s and went on to report nearly every violent conflict since then. She continued writing about Bosnia and in 2000, she was one of the few foreign reporters to witness the fall of Grozny, Chechnya, and her depictions of the terror after the fall of city won her several major awards.
During the war in Kosovo, di Giovanni traveled with the Kosovo Liberation Army into occupied Kosovo and sustained a bombing raid on her unit which left many soldiers dead. Her article on that incident, and many of her other experiences during the Balkan Wars, "Madness Visible" for Vanity Fair (June 1999), won the National Magazine Award for reporting. It was later expanded into a book for Knopf/Bloomsbury.
- National Magazine Award.
- Amnesty International Award, for reporting on Sierra Leone.
- Amnesty International Award, for reporting on Bosnia.
- Granada Television's Foreign Correspondent of the Year (Britain), for reporting on Chechnya.
- 2013 Spear's (UK) Book Awards: Memoir of the Year, "Ghosts by Daylight
- The Nation Institute Grant for Investigative Journalism, two-time recipient, (2012, 2013).
- Against the Stranger, (Viking, 1993). ISBN 978-0670842803
- The Quick and the Dead: Under Siege in Sarajevo, (Phoenix, 1995). ISBN 978-1857993332
- Madness Visible: A Memoir of War (Bloomsbury and Knopf, 2004). ISBN 0375724559
- The Place at the End of the World (London, Bloomsbury, 2006). ISBN 978-0-7475-8036-2
- Ghosts by Daylight (Bloomsbury and Knopf, 2011). ISBN 978-1-4088-2051-3
In an article titled, "The Fall of France" that was published on January 3, 2014 in Newsweek, di Giovanni wrote an extensive criticism of the French social and taxation systems. Following publication, a number of points she cited to support her argument were deemed fully inaccurate including, "The top tax rate is 75 percent, and a great many pay in excess of 70 percent" when in actuality it is, "companies not individuals who must pay this tax, which only applies to salaries over a million euros". Additionally her claim of milk costing €3 a half liter in Paris and nappies being free to new mothers were inaccurate as, "the price of milk, which they pointed out, costs around 1.30€ a litre, while neither creches nor nappies are free". "Les décodeurs", the fact-checking blog of the French newspaper Le Monde, reported nine mistakes made in this article. The article was also severely criticised by Pierre Moscovici, the French Minister of Economy.
- Nach der Schlacht – SZ Magazin – Süddeutsche Zeitung; Print: Heft 49/2011, abgerufen am 13. August 2012
- "Janine di Giovanni". The Times. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
- "Janine di Giovanni". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
- "Janine Di Giovanni". London: The Guardian. May 19, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
- "100 Most Influential People in the World of Armed Violence". Action on Armed Violence.
- The Telegraph "Gallic uproar over 'Fall of France' Newsweek article"
- The Irish Times "‘Newsweek’ broadside stirs Gallic pride as French ridicule journalist’s errors"
- Les décodeurs "The Fall of « Newsweek » – Les mille et une erreurs d’un article de « french-bashing »"
- Moscovici sur l'article de « Newsweek » : « C'est le pompon »