Indira Lakshmanan

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Executive Editor

Executive Editor Indira Lakshmanan has reported from more than 80 countries on six continents for leading U.S. newspapers, radio, television and a wire service. She's traveled overseas with presidents and secretaries of state, and interviewed and profiled leaders including Hillary Clinton, Benazir Bhutto and Fidel Castro. Since 2016, she's been Washington columnist for The Boston Globe, following eight years at Bloomberg News as a diplomatic correspondent and national political reporter. For two years, she wrote a "Letter from Washington" column for the international edition of The New York Times, and has been a special correspondent for PBS Newshour and Politico Magazine.

Indira spent a dozen years as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for The Boston Globe in Bosnia, Asia, and Latin America. She covered the Bosnian War, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the drug war in Colombia. She investigated ties between Abu Sayyaf militants and officials in the Philippines; tracked the spread of SARS in China; and embedded with sea pirates in the Philippines, Maoist rebels in Nepal, and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. Her reporting exposed child labor in Bolivia, illegal logging in Brazil, corruption in China, and helped end the incarceration of innocent children in Nepal.

She started her career on the foreign desk at National Public Radio, and has guest-hosted numerous NPR programs including "1A," "The Diane Rehm Show," "Here and Now," "On Point" and "Weekend Edition." Most recently, she was the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute, where she focused on restoring trust in journalism, commissioning the Poynter Media Trust Surveys and convening leading US journalists to discuss truth-telling when the press is under attack. She's a frequent TV and radio commentator and public speaker.

Indira graduated from Harvard University and did graduate studies at Oxford University. Her awards include a Nieman journalism fellowship. 

Last updated: 
Sunday, August 5, 2018