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Janine di Giovanni, president of the jury

American war reporter

Janine di Giovanni is one of Europe's most respected and experienced reporters, with vast experience covering war and conflict. Born in the US, she began reporting by covering the first Palestinian intifada in the late 1980s and went on to report nearly every violent conflict since then.


She has campaigned for stories from  Africa to be given better coverage, and she has worked in Somalia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin, Burkino Faso, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Liberia, as well as Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, East Timor and Chechnya.

Her trademark has always been to write about the human cost of war, to attempt to give war a human face, and to work in conflict zones that the world's press has forgotten.

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 travelled 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.

Janine di Gionanni is a writer for The Times of London and Vanity Fair, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Spectator, National Geographic and many others. She also writes columns and Op-Ed pieces for the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune.


Books :

2006 – The Place at the end of the World - Bloomsbury

2005 – Madness visible - Bloomsbury

1995 – The Quick and the Dead - Phoenix

1993 – Against The Stranger - Viking

Documentaries :

2001 - Dead Men Tell No Tales : In Jamaica, a secret war exists. Janine di Giovanni investigates for the BBC (story based on the film was nominated for an Amnesty International Prize, 2002).

2000 - Lessons from History : Five years after the Bosnian war ends, Janine di Giovanni returns for the BBC to examine what peace really means.

Others :

1993 - No Man's Land : This film follows Janine di Giovanni as a young reporter in Sarajevo.

2005 – Bearing Witness : Oscar award-winning director Barbara Kopple profiles five women who cover war.