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. Since 2016, she's been The Boston Globe's Washington columnist, following eight years at Bloomberg covering foreign policy and politics and traveling regularly with secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. For two years, she wrote a "Letter from Washington" column for the international edition of The New York Times, and she's 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 the Balkans, Asia and Latin America. She covered the Bosnian War and the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan; investigated the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines and 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 NPR, and has guest-hosted national public radio 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 through transparency and accountability. She commissioned the Poynter Media Trust Surveys, and convened leading journalists and media critics from across the US to discuss truth-telling and trust 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.