Janine di Giovanni


Janine di Giovanni is the Middle East Editor of Newsweek and an Associate Fellow at The Geneva Center for Security. She is the author of six books and will publish “Seven Days in Syria” (WW Norton) in July 2015. A documentary made alongside the book, which focuses on the ordinary lives of civilians responding to the war, will also come out at the same time. di Giovanni has reported on more than a dozen wars and conflicts over the past two decades. Her focus has always been civilian rights and human rights violations. She has won numerous awards, including an ASME National Magazine Award, two Amnesty International Awards, and Britain's Foreign Correspondent of the Year. Her trademark is to focus on the micro, and the effect of violence, trauma and war on society. She has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Somalia, Liberia Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Chechnya, East Timor, Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia and many other places. She has served as an adviser to the United Nations, as well as to senior military advisers. Her TED Talk on war got more than 750,000 hits on Youtube. di Giovanni is also a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and has been a contributor to Granta, The New York Times and Harpers. An American, she lives in Paris with her son, Luca.