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Indira Lakshmanan

Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics, Poynter, and Columnist, The Boston Globe
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Indira Lakshmanan, the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at Poynter and a Boston Globe columnist, 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. 

At Poynter, Indira is spurring thought leadership on restoring trust in journalism across the political spectrum through transparency and accountability. She commissioned the first Poynter Media Trust Survey, and has 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. 

Before reporting from Washington, Indira spent a dozen years as a foreign correspondent, covering the Bosnian War and the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan and interviewing and profiling 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, and helped end the incarceration of innocent children in Nepal.

Indira graduated from Harvard University and did graduate studies at Oxford University. Her awards include a Nieman journalism fellowship.

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