09/12/2013 11:03 am ET

Meet The Inspiring Woman Breaking News About Syria As She Reinvents Digital Journalism


When News Deeply founder Lara Setrakian was posted in Dubai as a correspondent for ABC News, she saw pundit Thomas Friedman give his popular speech presenting a five-step plan for success in the globalized "world-is-flat" economy. The first step, he said, is to “think like an immigrant.”

It’s a suggestion that rang especially true for Setrakian, a first-generation Armenian-American whose parents came to America as refugees from the Lebanese civil war, and whose father passed the bar exam when he could barely speak English. “Immigrants are used to being scrappy,” she says. “I was in tune with the culture of another place, constantly interwoven. It was a Thanksgiving turkey-and-hummus sort of upbringing.”

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