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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
Vanity Fair
Council on Foreign Relations
Newsweek magazine
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[1] is an author, foreign correspondent, and current Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

She is a regular contributor to The Times,[2] Vanity Fair,[3] Granta, The New York Times, and The Guardian.[4] She is 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.

Di Giovanni has written a number of books and made two long format documentaries for the BBC.[5][6] She is herself a subject in the documentary films No Man's Land (1993), Bearing Witness (2005) and 7 Days in Syria (2015).

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).[7] She has won various other awards: National Magazine Award, Amnesty International Award, Granada Television's What the Papers Say Foreign Correspondent of the Year, Spear's (UK) Book Awards: Memoir of the Year, The Nation Institute National Headliner Award, Courage in Journalism Award, and Hay medal for prose.


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. Her depictions of the terror after the fall of the 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 (2000), won the National Magazine Award for reporting.[8] Her article was later expanded into a book for Knopf/Bloomsbury.

In 2010, di Giovanni was the President of the Jury of the Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents.[9] She was a participant in the 2013 World Economic Forum, Davos.

She has 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.

Di Giovanni was the subject of a documentary about women war reporters, No Man's Land (1993) which followed her working in Sarajevo. She is one of the journalists featured in another documentary about women war reporters, Bearing Witness (2005), by Barbara Kopple, which was shown at the Tribeca film festival and on the A&E network in May 2005. She is also a subject of the documentary film 7 Days in Syria (2015),[10][11][12] directed by Robert Rippberger and produced by Scott Rosenfelt. The film had a private screening at Britain's House of Lords and to senior members of the United Nations.[13]

In a Newsweek article titled "The Fall of France" in 2014, 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 inaccurate. "Les décodeurs", the fact-checking blog of the French newspaper Le Monde, reported nine mistakes.[14] These mistakes included "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".[15] 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".[16] The article was also severely criticised by Pierre Moscovici, the French Minister of Economy.[17]

As of 2018, di Giovanni was appointed as the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations[18] and is also serving as Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.[19]


Publications by di Giovanni


Documentaries made by Di Giovanni

  • Lessons from History (2000, BBC)[5]
  • Dead Men Tell No Tales (2001, BBC)[6]

Documentary films featuring Di Giovanni



  1. ^ Nach der Schlacht – SZ Magazin – Süddeutsche Zeitung; Print: Heft 49/2011, abgerufen am 13. (in German) August 2012
  2. ^ "Janine di Giovanni". The Times. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Janine di Giovanni". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Janine Di Giovanni". London: The Guardian. May 19, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
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  7. ^ "100 Most Influential People in the World of Armed Violence". Action on Armed Violence. 
  8. ^ a b "National Magazine Award Winners 1966-2015". American Society of Magazine Editors. 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Janine di Giovanni, president of the jury". Prix Bayeux-Calvados des correspondants de guerre. 2010. 
  10. ^ Gorman, Michele. "Trailer for '7 Days in Syria,' a documentary about reporting on war". Newsweek. 
  11. ^ Gandelman, Joe. ""7 Days in Syria" (A must view film given recent developments)". The Moderate Voice. 
  12. ^ di Giovanni, Janine. "Reporter documents life in aleppo in '7 Days in Syria'". Newsweek. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Rippberger, Robert. "7 Days in Syria Official Website". 7 Day in Syria. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  14. ^ Les décodeurs "The Fall of « Newsweek » – Les mille et une erreurs d’un article de « french-bashing »"
  15. ^ The Telegraph "Gallic uproar over 'Fall of France' Newsweek article"
  16. ^ The Irish Times "‘Newsweek’ broadside stirs Gallic pride as French ridicule journalist’s errors"
  17. ^ Moscovici sur l'article de « Newsweek » : « C'est le pompon »
  18. ^ Wehrmann, Christina. "Janine di Giovanni". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  19. ^ SIPA Webmaster. "JANINE DI GIOVANNI". Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  20. ^ "Media Awards - Shortlist Announced". Amnesty International UK. May 26, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Media Awards Shortlist Announced". Amnesty International UK. May 17, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  22. ^ TED profile. "Janine di Giovanni – American Journalist, Author and Award-winning Foreign Correspondent". Black Rabbit. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Interim Management Statement" (Press release). England and Wales: Bloomsbury Publishing. January 16, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Awards". The Nation Institute Investigative Fund. 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  25. ^ "IWMF Announces the 2016 Courage in Journalism Award Winners". International Women's Media Foundation. May 25, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  26. ^ Christopher Bone (June 1, 2016). "Janine di Giovanni awarded Hay Medal for Prose". FMcM Associates. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  27. ^ Michiko Kakutani (May 23, 2016). "Review: 'The Morning They Came for Us' Reports on the Hell of Syria". Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Janine di Giovanni – Fellow, International Security Program". Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Ms Janine Di Giovanni – Associate Fellow". Retrieved July 17, 2016. 

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