Indira Lakshmanan

senior executive editor National Geographic Media

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

Most recently, she was executive editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a journalism nonprofit that partners with media outlets to support ambitious, award-winning journalism on global issues. She was also the first Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute, where she focused on restoring trust in journalism through transparency and accountability, and served on the PBS editorial standards committee.

As a reporter, Indira filed stories from more than 80 countries on six continents, and interviewed and profiled leaders from Hillary Clinton and Fidel Castro to Benazir Bhutto and Evo Morales. From 2016-2019, she was Washington columnist for The Boston Globe, following eight years 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 New York Times, and was a special correspondent for PBS Newshour and Politico Magazine.

Previously, 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 links between rebels and officials in the Philippines; and embedded with sea pirates in Southeast Asia, 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 started her career on the foreign desk at National Public Radio, and has guest-hosted numerous NPR live current affairs programs.

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