Janine di Giovanni is co-founder and Executive Director of The Reckoning Project: Ukraine Testifies, which partners journalists with lawyers to document, verify, and codify legal evidence of war crimes in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine while preserving truth and memory through in-depth media content.
Janine has worked for over 35 years as a human rights reporter and investigator in conflict zones in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East. She is a senior fellow at Yale University, the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and a Visiting Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Non-Fiction, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her their highest prize for non-fiction, the Blake Dodd, for her lifetime body of work. In 2016, she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award for her distinguished work tracking war criminals most recently in Syria and Iraq, with a focus on ISIS.
Di Giovanni is also the author of nine books, including The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria which is a collection of war testimonies translated into 30 languages. She has made numerous documentaries and is a frequent analyst on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC. Di Giovanni is the recipient of nearly a dozen journalistic awards, including two Amnesty International Awards, and the National Magazine Award, for her work in human rights and war reporting. She has worked for the United Nations on various initiatives, most recently directing Enabling Witnesses in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund and the Soufan Group.