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Indira Lakshmanan is the Newmark chair in journalism ethics. She has covered campaigns, coups and revolutions, reporting from the U.S. and 80 countries for The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, the International New York Times, NPR, PBS, Politico Magazine and others. She traveled for seven years with Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and interviewed Clinton often for radio and TV. Indira wrote a "Letter from Washington" column for the overseas edition of The New York Times and Bloomberg. She has guest-hosted NPR shows including "1A," "The Diane Rehm Show," "Here and Now'" and "Weekend Edition," and writes a column for The Boston Globe.
In a new role for Poynter, Indira is writing, teaching and convening journalists around the importance of free and fair media in sustaining democracy, forging public trust and truth-telling to hold officials accountable. Her areas of interest include press freedom, media credibility and combating disinformation and fake news.
Before reporting from Washington, Indira spent a dozen years as a foreign correspondent, covering the Bosnian War and the fall of the Taliban and interviewing and profiling leaders including Benazir Bhutto, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. She embedded with pirates in the Philippines, Maoist rebels in Nepal, and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. Her reporting exposed child labor in Bolivia and corruption in China, and helped end the incarceration of innocent children in Nepal.
Indira graduated from Harvard University and did graduate studies at Oxford University as a Rotary Scholar. She was awarded a Nieman fellowship in 2003.