Omri Assenheim

Omri Assenheim ('20)
Omri Assenheim
JSK Journalism Fellow
investigative journalist and author, Uvda, Tel Aviv, Israel

Omri Assenheim is a JSK Journalism Fellow. When selected as a fellow he was a correspondent and investigative filmmaker for UVDA, a weekly investigative and documentary program on Israeli TV. During his first year working for the program, he became the youngest recipient of the Sokolov Award, the highest award for outstanding journalism in Israel. He began his career working as a print journalist at Ha’ir and later at Maariv, where he specialized in investigating the Israeli Defence Forces. In 2012, his first book, “Tze’elim: The Trauma of Sayeret Matkal,” revealed an Israeli plan to assassinate Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein. A film he directed based on the book won a gold medal at the New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Films. In 2016, his groundbreaking investigative documentary about a man whose two wives had died mysteriously 15 years apart led to the reopening of a police investigation and ended with a double-murder conviction. Later in 2016, he published his second book, “Catching a Murderer,” to articulate this story. His recent investigative piece about the former head of the Shin Bet, Jaacob Peri, which revealed dishonesties about his military service, led to Peri’s immediate resignation from the Israeli Knesset, the national legislature.

omria@stanford.edu