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.
When I hit my 30s, I decided to take new york a la carte. Take the things you like, leave the things you don’t and just chill out about the rest. And I decided to see new york like a resort.
New york’s a resort, you’ve got activities and evening activities, and cool things to do, rent a bike around the city, and not to see it like the machine it can be, and not to let it drive you to exhaustion, and not to feel like you’re always missing out on something. Just to be comfortable that you are where you’re meant to be at any given time. That was huge and it has changed the way i experience new york and a lot else in my life.
Cinematoography: Ian McAlpin
2nd Camera: Danielle Calodney
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by Laura Lehmann
Produced by: Batsheva Lazarus & Laura Lehmann