Janine di Giovanni

Conflict journalist, author, director The Reckoning Project gathering war crimes testimony in Ukraine

Based in France


Current Occupation: Conflict journalist, author, director The Reckoning Project gathering war crimes testimony in Ukraine
Language: English, French


Documenting Russian war crimes now makes healing & justice possible for Ukraine at war’s end Euromaiden Press Aug 29, 2023

Russia’s Smoking Guns  Foreign Affairs Jul 5, 2023

Is this war different from others? – with Janine di Giovanni Ukraine Podcast Jun 12, 2023

The Reckoning Project: seeking justice for war crimes The Fix Jun 1, 2023

The Reckoning Project Byline Supplement Mar 25, 2023

Vladimir Putin’s Inhumane Blueprint to terrorize civilians in Chechnya, Syria – and now Ukraine Vanity Fair Feb 23, 2023

Documenting War Crimes in Ukraine Tufts Now Feb 17, 2023

When it comes to empowering women, a mentor is not enough The National Dec 14, 2022

Impunity from Syria to Ukraine People Like Us podcast Oct 17, 2022

How a group of journalists is documenting war crimes in Ukraine NPR Sep 26, 2022

Holding Russia to Account for War Crimes in Ukraine Vanity Fair Aug 24, 2022

Putin’s Gruesome Playbook Foreign Policy Apr 18, 2022

A war in Ukraine could spark Europe’s next big refugee crisis The National Feb 14, 2022

Generation Gaza: The Young Have Pride Despite Privations Vanity Fair Jan 25, 2022

The Vanishing: The twilight of Christianity in the Middle East by Janine di Giovanni The Church Times Review Jan 7, 2022

Bosnia Redux: Are the Balkans Headed for Another War? Vanity Fair Dec 9, 2021

A Requiem for the Disappearing Christians of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Gaza Christianity Today Nov 22, 2021

Why Can’t Women End Wars? Foreign Policy Oct, 10 2021

The case for repatriating ISIS families in Syrian camps The National June 9, 2021

How Wars End – The shifting nature of war has made peacemaking more difficult. A new kind of back-channel diplomacy can help. Foreign Policy May 8, 2021

On Moral Injury Harper’s Magazine July 31, 2020

America Shows Troubling Warning Signs of a Slide Into Civil War Medium.com Oct 27, 2020

Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism The New York Review June 7, 2019

A Masterful Account of America’s Doomed Afghanistan Mission Foreign Policy Apr 11, 2021

Ten Years on, Will There Ever Be Justice for Syria? Foreign Policy March 17, 2021

Oscar-Shortlisted Film Puts Bosnian Genocide on Silver Screen Foreign Policy Feb 27, 2021

The First Draft of History – Why the decline of foreign reporting makes for worse foreign policy. Foreign Policy Jan 15, 2021

The Art of War Reporting: An Interview with Janine di Giovanni The Paris Review May 2, 2016

Janine di Giovanni (@janinedigi) is a  multi-award winning journalist and author who worked as a war reporter for more than three decades. She heads a war crimes investigative project in Ukraine.

Janine co-founded and is executive director of  The Reckoning Project: Ukraine Testifies (@TRPUkraine), a transitional justice organization established after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The project trains researchers in Ukraine to collect testimonies of war crimes and crimes against humanity according to legal evidentiary standards that can be used in court. Through her work as a conflict journalist, Janine experienced firsthand the frustration when testimonies collected directly from victims are inadmissible in courts. She set up the project to bridge the gap between journalism and justice  in partnership with British writer and academic Peter Pomerantsev and Ukrainian journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk. 

Janine served as a Senior Fellow and Professor at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs from 2018-2022 where she taught two human rights courses which looked at eight conflicts in depth. She also taught a course at Yale in Reporting War for Humanitarians.

In 2019, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship for her research in the Middle East, and in 2020, she received the American Academy of Arts and Letters highest prize for non-fiction, the Blake Dodd,  for her body of work spanning three decades.  She is a Global Affairs columnist for Foreign Policy Magazine and The National, in Abu Dhabi.

From 2017 to 2018, Janine was the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Administration. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria, which has been translated into 25 languages and was deemed “searing and necessary” by the New York Times. She is  the author of eight other books on war and conflict, most recently The Vanishing, chronicling the disappearance of Christian minorities, published in 2021.

Janine is a former Middle East Editor at Newsweek and was the Senior Foreign Correspondent for the Times of London for many years. As a 2016 Pakis Scholar at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, she focused on international law and international security. She was a contributing editor for two decades at Vanity Fair where she won the National Magazine Award for Reporting among many awards. In 2021 she was awarded the Professional Excellence Award by the Foreign Press Correspondents Association.

Janine has reported widely on war, conflict, and its aftermath  in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa. She has investigated human rights abuses on four continents. She is the subject of two long-format documentaries, including the widely acclaimed 7 Days in Syria and Bearing Witness.  Her TED talk “What I Saw in the War” has received over 1 million views on YouTube.  In 2016, she was awarded the International Women Media Foundation’s prestigious COURAGE Award.

Janine is also non-resident International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation and an Associate Fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She is a former Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, given in recognition of her work with victims of war trauma.

She has won more than 15 major awards for her extensive work in conflict zones and during humanitarian crises in more than 30 countries.

She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She carries British, French and American nationalities and lives in France.