Lara Setrakian is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of News Deeply, a new media start-up working to advancing coverage of complex global issues. Setrakian spent more than five years as a foreign correspondent, covering the Middle East for television, radio and digital platforms, for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune and Monocle Magazine. She has since focused on the fusion of news and technology. Her first platform, Syria Deeply, launched in December 2012 to wide acclaim. TIME Magazine dubbed Syria Deeply “The Future of News”, while Fast Company named her 20th on its list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business”. Setrakian was widely acclaimed for her ground-breaking use of social media in reporting on Iran's 2009 election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was an inaugural fellow with the Peter Jennings Program at the National Constitution Center.