Janine Zacharia has spent her career reporting on foreign affairs with a focus on Israel and the Middle East. She held several top jobs including Jerusalem Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent for the Washington Post, State Department Correspondent for Bloomberg News and Washington Bureau Chief for the Jerusalem Post.
Her daily reporting career spanned nearly two decades from the aftermath of the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993 through the Arab Spring that erupted in 2011. She’s covered major moments, from the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 to the 2000 Camp David peace summit to the start of the Arab revolutions in 2011.
Her reporting took her beyond the Middle East as well to more than 40 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America including investigative assignments on her own as well as on diplomatic trips with U.S. President George W. Bush, Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, former Central Command Commander William Fallon and others. She became a regular television and radio commentator on Middle Eastern affairs and continues to speak on air and to groups on the unfolding turmoil in the region.
Zacharia is now the Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer at Stanford University. She teaches nuts-and-bolts journalism skills and how to understand the changing news environment.
She writes regularly about foreign affairs for the San Francisco Chronicle, Slate.com and other news outlets.
A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, and a 2008-9 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford, Zacharia is originally from Long Island. She lives in Redwood City, California with her family.