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TEDxYerevan - Lara Setrakian - Five Things I've Learned as a Foreign Correspondent

Lara Setrakian is a Dubai-based correspondent for Bloomberg Television and ABC News, covering business, politics, and major events in the Middle East. She has interviewed high-profile leaders and led the network's coverage of the Arab uprisings throughout 2011. As part of Bloomberg Television's on-the-ground coverage of the crisis in Egypt, Setrakian reported live from Tahrir Square as President Hosni Mubarak ended his three-decade rule. Prior to joining Bloomberg Television, Setrakian was a reporter for ABC News in New York and Dubai. While at ABC, Setrakian won acclaim for her reports on Iran's 2009 presidential election, including groundbreaking use of Twitter to collect and report information from the Islamic Republic.Setrakian covered Lebanon's violent unrest in May 2008 and reported from Saudi Arabia during the oil price crisis. Other highlights include her exclusive report on a $3 billion collection of modern masterpieces in the basement of Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art. She was also the only network reporter with the US Navy's counter-piracy taks force when it caught its first band of suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden and was the first American to interview the new president of war-torn Somalia, Sheikh Sherif Sheikh Ahmed.Setrakian graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Government and a certificate in Spanish. She was an inaugural fellow at the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, included among Foreign Policy Magazines's "Twitterati 100", and named one of the most influental young voices in US foreign policy by the Diplomatic Courier.
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