Indira Lakshmanan joins the Pulitzer Center as Executive Editor on August 27.
Currently the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute and a Boston Globe columnist, Lakshmanan covered foreign policy and politics for Bloomberg for eight years, and has been a columnist for The Boston Globe since 2016. 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 national public radio programs including "1A," "The Diane Rehm Show," "Here and Now," "On Point," "Weekend Edition," and "The Takeaway," and is a frequent TV contributor.
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.