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Judi Rever is a freelance print and broadcast journalist who started her career with Radio France Internationale. She has been named a country of origin information expert on Rwanda by the Rights in Exile Programme and her reporting on the country has been featured in The Globe and Mail. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy JournalLe Monde DiplomatiqueHumanosphere, and the Africa Report. Rever lives in Montreal.

Award History

2018 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for In Praise of Blood: The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front

Jury Citation

"With In Praise of Blood, Judi Rever chronicles the largely unreported and cynically discounted view of the Rwandan genocide. A dogged reporter and skillful writer, Rever eschews what she calls the 'Hollywood version of good guys and bad guys' to meticulously document a chapter in recent history that is as complicated as it is dismaying. In making her case, she risks everything — her life included — to expose the crimes of Rwanda’s current brutal government. Rever’s harrowing narrative isn’t just a portrait of a tragic time; it also stands as an uncompromising prosecution of that period and its ongoing consequences. In Praise of Blood is an undeniably important story told by a remarkably brave writer."

— 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Michael Harris, Donna Bailey Nurse, and Joel Yanofsky)