Indira Lakshmanan

senior executive editor National Geographic

Indira Lakshmanan is senior executive editor of National Geographic, overseeing content including coverage of science, environment, history, culture, travel and animals.

Previously, she was Executive Editor of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington DC.

She has reported from more than 80 countries on six continents for leading U.S. newspapers, radio, television and a wire service. Since 2016, she's been Washington columnist for The Boston Globe, following an eight-year stint at Bloomberg covering foreign policy and politics and traveling with secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. For two years she wrote a Letter from Washington column for the international edition of The New York Times, and contributed to PBS Newshour and Politico Magazine. Indira spent a dozen years as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for The Boston Globe in the Balkans, Asia and Latin America. She covered the Bosnian War and the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan; investigated the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines and the spread of SARS in China; and 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.

She started her career on the foreign desk at NPR, and has guest-hosted national public radio programs including 1A, The Diane Rehm Show, Here and Now, On Point and Weekend Edition. Most recently, she was the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute, where she focused on restoring trust in journalism through transparency and accountability. She commissioned the Poynter Media Trust Surveys, and convened leading journalists and media critics from across the US to discuss truth-telling and trust when the press is under attack. She's a frequent TV and radio commentator and public speaker.

Indira graduated from Harvard University and did graduate studies at Oxford University. Her awards include a Nieman journalism fellowship. She and her husband, photojournalist Dermot Tatlow, have two sons.

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