Indira Lakshmanan

Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics

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United States
Phone: 727-553-4221
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Indira Lakshmanan has been a national and foreign correspondent and columnist for newspapers, a wire service, radio, TV and magazines, reporting from more than 80 countries, traveling with presidents, secretaries of State and presidential candidates, and, most recently, writing a Washington column for the Boston Globe. In her new role as the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at Poynter, Lakshmanan will be a voice in the national conversation about the role of journalism in our democracy. For eight years, she was a senior correspondent for Bloomberg in Washington, covering foreign policy and national politics. She has interviewed and profiled leaders including Hillary Clinton, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Benazir Bhutto. For two years, she wrote a “Letter from Washington” column for the International Herald Tribune, then the overseas edition of The New York Times, and Bloomberg. Previously, she was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for The Boston Globe on three continents for more than a decade, covering the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Bosnian War, and embedding with pirates in Southeast Asia, Maoist rebels in Nepal, and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. Her reporting exposed corruption in China and child labor in Bolivia and helped end the incarceration of innocent children in Nepal. On the Globe’s city desk, she covered crime and special projects. She began her career on NPR’s foreign desk, and since 2015 has guest-hosted national NPR shows including “Here & Now,” “1A,” “The Diane Rehm Show” and “Weekend Edition.” She graduated from Harvard University and did graduate study at Oxford University as a Rotary Scholar. She was a Nieman Fellow in 2003-2004.

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