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Carol Giacomo

The New York Times

Recipient of the 2018 Award for Commentary

Carol Giacomo, a former diplomatic correspondent for Reuters in Washington, covered foreign policy for the international wire service for more than two decades before joining The New York Times editorial board in 2007.

She writes editorials arguing the paper’s position on the leading national security challenges of our day, including the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran; the wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq; the rising threats from Russia and China; and the impact of America’s declining international leadership under President Trump.

In her previous position, she traveled over 1 million miles to more than 100 countries with eight secretaries of state and various other senior U.S. officials. Her reporting for the editorial board involves regular independent overseas travel, including recent trips to North Korea, Iran and Myanmar.

In 2009, she won the Georgetown University Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting. In 2017, she won a New York Times publisher’s award for her work and was cited for “providing intelligent, timely commentary and deep knowledge of the issues, making them indispensable in steering the page and its readers through these troubled waters.” She previously won a publisher’s award in 2013.

Ms. Giacomo is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University in 2013. In 1999-2000, she was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, researching U.S. economic and foreign policy decision-making during the Asian financial crisis.

Ms. Giacomo often speaks at academic institutions, think tanks and on media shows, including MSNBC. She serves as an expert lecturer on New York Times-sponsored tours overseas, including to Iran and Morocco. Born and raised in Connecticut, she holds a B.A. in English Literature from Regis College, Weston, Mass. She began her journalism career at the Lowell Sun in Lowell, Mass., and later worked for the Hartford Courant in the city hall, state capitol and Washington bureaus. Her son, Christopher Marquette, is a reporter in Washington.

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