Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Indira Lakshmanan is the executive editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and a Boston Globe columnist. She also served as the first Newmark chair in journalism ethics at Poynter. At Poynter, Indira spurred thought leadership on restoring trust in journalism across the political spectrum through transparency and accountability. She commissioned two Poynter Media Trust Surveys in 2017 and 2018, and convened leading national political editors, journalists and media critics in Washington to discuss the importance of free, fair, nonpartisan media in truth-telling to hold officials accountable and sustain democracy. Lakshmanan has covered coups, campaigns and revolutions in 80 countries and the US for the Globe, Bloomberg, the International New York Times, NPR, PBS and Politico Magazine. From Washington, she covered politics and foreign policy, traveling with Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and interviewing Clinton more than a dozen times for radio and TV. Indira wrote a "Letter from Washington" column for the international edition of The New York Times and Bloomberg. She has guest-hosted live national public radio programs including "On Point," "1A," "The Diane Rehm Show," "Here and Now," "Weekend Edition" and "The Takeaway," and is a frequent TV contributor. Indira graduated from Harvard University and did graduate studies at Oxford University. Her awards include a Nieman journalism fellowship.