War-Zone Experience Carries Journalists Into Inauguration Coverage

Reporters and photographers who are no strangers to conflict are among those assigned to what is usually a day of pageantry.

“I’m used to being a war reporter in countries where there were no institutions, or the institutions shattered very rapidly,” said Ms. di Giovanni, now a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. “This is a country that had, until recently, extremely strong institutions that protected us descending into the abyss, and to see what’s happening now is disturbing beyond belief.”