Visiting faculty

Carol Giacomo

Visiting Policy Practitioner, Weiser Diplomacy Center

Carol Giacomo is a visiting policy practitioner at the Ford School's Weiser Diplomacy Center. Giacomo became the chief editor of Arms Control Today, a monthly magazine on nonproliferation and global security, in April 2021 following 13 years as a member of The New York Times editorial board writing opinion pieces on all major national security issues including nuclear weapons, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Her work has involved regular overseas travel, including to North Korea, Iran and Myanmar. She met a half dozen times with President Obama at the White House and interviewed scores of other world leaders.

A former diplomatic correspondent for Reuters in Washington, she covered foreign policy for the international wire service for more than two decades and traveled over 1 million miles to more than 100 countries with eight secretaries of state and other senior U.S. officials. During the 2020 spring semester, Ms. Giacomo was a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, a position she also held in 2013. In fall 2020, she was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2019, she held the Poynter Chair at Indiana University’s School of Media Studies. In 2018, The American Academy of Diplomacy honored her for outstanding diplomatic commentary. In 2009, she won the Georgetown University Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting. She received two publisher’s awards from The New York Times. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 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. 

Born and raised in Connecticut, she holds a BA in English literature from Regis College, Weston, Mass. She began her professional journalism career at The Lowell Sun and later worked at The Hartford Courant in the city, state and Washington bureaus. She lives in Connecticut.

Educational Background

  • BA in English literature, Regis College

Professional Affiliations

  • The Council on Foreign Relations

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