Indira Lakshmanan

Indira Lakshmanan is senior executive editor for news and features at National Geographic Partners, overseeing reporting on animals and conservation, environmental threats and breakthroughs, history and contemporary culture, science and health, and travel and adventure.

For more than 25 years, Indira reported from 80 countries on six continents and from Washington, D.C., covering stories from wars and world leaders to environmental threats and endangered cultures. For Bloomberg News, the Boston Globe, and National Public Radio, she reported on U.S. presidential elections, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Bosnian War, and the transition from dictatorship to democracy in Chile. She embedded with sea pirates in the Philippines, Maoist rebels in Nepal, and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. She was a foreign policy and politics columnist from Washington, D.C. for the Boston Globe and International New York Times, and interviewed and profiled leaders from Hillary Clinton and Fidel Castro to Benazir Bhutto and Hugo Chavez. Her reporting exposed child labor in Bolivia, illegal logging in Brazil, corruption in China, and helped end the incarceration of innocent children in Nepal.

Previously, she was executive editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, where reporting projects she supported won a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting, National Magazine Awards, Emmys, Peabodys, and George Polk Awards. She was the first Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute, where she focused on restoring trust in journalism through transparency and accountability. In 2020, she was awarded the John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year award. She started her career on the foreign desk at NPR, and in recent years guest-hosted numerous NPR programs, including 1A, Here and Now, and Weekend Edition.