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Lindsey Hilsum

Lindsey Hilsum, Honorary Graduate, SOAS University of London

Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News' International Editor and the author of two books: In Extremis; the Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin and Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution.

For three decades she has specialised in covering conflict and refugee movements, reporting from every continent bar Antarctica. This year she has reported on the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the demise of the Islamic State's caliphate in Syria and human rights abuse in Zimbabwe. She tries to combine frontline TV reporting with analysis, highlighting human stories while explaining the underlying causes of conflict.

After graduating in Spanish and French from Exeter University, Lindsey began her career as an aid worker with OXFAM in Central America and then UNICEF in east and southern Africa. From 1986 to 1989 she was a stringer for the BBC and the Guardian, based in Kenya. In 1994, she was the only English-speaking foreign correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide started. She joined Channel 4 News in 1997, and spent much of 1999 in Belgrade under NATO bombing and 2003 in Baghdad during the US air campaign. She has reported extensively from Iran, Iraq, Mali and Ukraine and was Channel 4 News China Correspondent from 2006 to 2008. In 2011 she witnessed the Arab Spring uprisings in Libya and Egypt, and spent the summer of 2015 travelling with refugees and migrants through Europe.

Lindsey Hilsum has been Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year, and won the Charles Wheeler Award and the James Cameron Award as well as the Patron’s Medal from the Royal Geographical Society and the Mungo Park Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Her work has been recognised by One World Media, Amnesty International and BAFTA. Her writing has featured in the New York Review of Books, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and Granta, among other publications.

She is a founder of the Marie Colvin Journalists' Network, which supports female journalists in the Arab world, and has been a mentor for young journalists through the John Schofield Trust.