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.
I think my whole 20s were a battle between my programmed self and my authentic self, the auto pilot.
I had one notion in mind, oh i’ll meet someone nice in college, I’ll get married, I’ll do law school, I’ll have a conventional job. I burned that version of my life.
And then when I came across journalism and I understood the human connection, it kind of broke the autopilot, and I found something that spoke to me just sort of beyond those external queues that you get.
So overtime I could feel that this passion for journalism was overwhelming and that this was the thing i really wanted.
Everything else, that sort of jd mbda and the corporate dreams, they weren’t my dreams, they were just the dreams I was swimming around.
Cinematoography: Ian McAlpin
2nd Camera: Danielle Calodney
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by Laura Lehmann
Produced by: Batsheva Lazarus & Laura Lehmann