Lara Setrakian, named one of the Top Women of 2012 by Marie Claire Magazine, is a journalist and foreign correspondent with extensive experience in the Middle East.
Hailing from New Jersey and New York City, Setrakian graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Government. She later received her MBA from Harvard Business School. After Harvard, Setrakian briefly worked as a business analyst with McKinsey & Company.
Setrakian left New York to move to the Middle East, where she covered regional conflicts in the Arab world and Iran. In 2008, Setrakian covered violent unrest in Lebanon and the oil price crises in Saudi Arabia. She was praised for her 2009 coverage of the Iranian presidential election.
Beginning in 2010, Setrakian was then hired by Bloomberg Television to cover the events of the Arab Spring. Setrakian notably interviewed Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Setrakian recently founded Syria Deeply, an independent single-topic news site focusing on stories and commentary about the war in Syria.
Setrakian was recently named a 2012 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum’s YGL group.
What I found was always very dedicated to covering the arab digital vanguard. That’s what I called it at first. These kind of young whipper snappers in their 20s who were finding ways to connect and communicate, and I was very comfortable with that story.
I wish we had paid more attention to it because if you had none of this would have been a big surprise. We knew a week before Egypt’s revolution that something was brewing, that it was going to be big.
They were telling us! And if you were listening closely to the people in their 20s, to that generation, you would have been a lot closer to the data, you would have figured out what was really going on.
Cinematoography: Ian McAlpin
2nd Camera: Danielle Calodney
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by Laura Lehmann
Produced by: Batsheva Lazarus & Laura Lehmann