Pulitzer Center 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 with US presidents and secretaries of state, and interviewed and profiled global leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Hugo Chavez, and Fidel Castro. She's been a 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 New York Times, and was 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 on four continents. 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, US Special Forces in Afghanistan, 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.
Indira started her career on the foreign desk at National Public Radio, and has guest-hosted numerous national NPR programs including "1A," "The Diane Rehm Show," "Here and Now," "On Point" and "Weekend Edition." She was the first 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 on reporting accurately when the truth and press are under attack. She served on the PBS editorial standards committee, and is a frequent radio and TV commentator and speaker.
Indira graduated from Harvard University and did graduate studies at Oxford University. Her awards include a Nieman journalism fellowship.