Rosie Garthwaite was born in London in 1980. At 18 she joined the British army as a fast-track gap year officer, working in North Germany as part of the 3rd Royal Horse Artillery regiment.
At Oxford University she was an Ancient & Modern History scholar and Lacrosse Blue, and was runner-up in the Guardian Travel Writing Prize 1999.
In 2003 Rosie joined the first English-language newspaper in post-invasion Baghdad, The Baghdad Bulletin, living amongst Iraqis far away from the Greenzone. While in Basra freelancing for Reuters, The Times and the BBC she exposed the first British torture case, the death of Baha Moussa while he was in the custody of the British army.
After some time with the BBC Current Affairs department in London, Rosie joined Al Jazeera English channel in 2006 preparing for the launch and helping to set up the Baghdad bureau - even evacuating it one day after several colleagues were kidnapped.
She now works as a News Producer for her own production company, Mediadante, in the Doha headquarters. Her first book How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone draws on her hair-raising experiences to provide tips and expertise on how to survive in a war-torn country (Bloomsbury 2011).