Indira Lakshmanan

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Executive Editor

Executive editor Indira Lakshmanan has been an international and national correspondent, columnist and interviewer for newspapers, magazines, radio and television. She has been a columnist for The Boston Globe since 2016, after covering foreign policy under secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry and national politics for Bloomberg News for eight years. She also wrote a "Letter from Washington" column for the international edition of The New York Times, and has contributed to PBS Newshour and Politico Magazine. She has guest-hosted NPR programs including "1A," "The Diane Rehm Show," "Here and Now," "On Point," "Weekend Edition," and "The Takeaway," and is a frequent TV contributor. Most recently, she was the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute.

Lakshmanan spent a dozen years as an international correspondent for The Boston Globe from the Balkans and Latin America to Afghanistan and China. She covered the Bosnian War and the fall of the Taliban, and interviewed and profiled leaders including Benazir Bhutto, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez. She 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; it helped end the incarceration of innocent children in Nepal.

At Poynter, Lakshmanan spurred thought leadership on restoring trust in journalism across the political spectrum through transparency and accountability. She commissioned the Poynter Media Trust Surveys, and convened leading journalists and media critics to discuss truth-telling and trust at a time when the White House is trying to discredit the press.

Indira graduated from Harvard University and did graduate studies at Oxford University. Her awards include a Nieman journalism fellowship. She and her husband, photojournalist Dermot Tatlow, have two sons.

Last updated: 
Sunday, August 5, 2018