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Lara Setrakian

CEO, Co-Founder and Executive Editor, NewsDeeply


Lara Setrakian is the cofounder and CEO of News Deeply, a network of digital media platforms that convene stakeholders and passionate communities on the world’s biggest challenges. Each platform fuses original reporting, expert analysis and perspectives from key voices on the ground. Her team’s inaugural site, Syria Deeply, launched in 2012 and won the Excellence in Online Journalism Award from the National Press Foundation.

They went on to launch Ebola Deeply, Water Deeply, Refugees Deeply, Oceans Deeply, Malnutrition Deeply and Women’s Advancement Deeply; the model is now expanding to cover an array of topics in public health, environmental science and social impact.

In 2017, in the midst of the #metoo movement, Lara took a public stand against sexual assault and abuse of women in journalism. Along with a group of passionate and talented women she cofounded Press Forward, an initiative to change the culture of newsrooms across the U.S., to be safe and fair for men and women.

For her work in building News Deeply, Fast Company named Lara as one of the “Most Creative People in Business,” while Inc. Magazine called her one of “8 Women Who Could Own the Future.” Before launching News Deeply Lara was correspondent for ABC News and Bloomberg Television, covering the Middle East. Lara is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been featured in Mashable, TechCrunch, TIME magazine, the Guardian, Marie Claire, the New York Times and on MSNBC, CNN and NPR.

Regional Focus

Central and Southern Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, Eastern Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, North America, South America, Southeast Asia, West and Central Africa