Lara Setrakian is the Founder and CEO of News Deeply, a media startup and social enterprise based in New York, USA. Having spent more than five years covering the Middle East for television, radio and digital platforms as a foreign correspondent, she also counts with extensive experience reporting for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune, Business Insider, and Monocle.
More recently, she has focused on the fusion of news and technology; Syria Deeply, News Deeply’s first platform focused on the Syrian conflict, was met with wide acclaim upon its launch in December 2012. The pioneering project was followed by others centering on the Arctic, the California Drought and the refugee crisis. Setrakian’s professional trajectory has been widely recognized, and she has gone on to serve as an inaugural fellow with the Peter Jennings Program at the National Constitution Center, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was named one of the Top Women of 2012 by Marie Claire. Prior to joining ABC News, she worked as a business analyst specializing in finance and corporate strategy for McKinsey & Company and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University.