Lindsey Hilsum


Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News’ International Editor. Her book, In Extremis; the Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin, won the 2019 James Tait Black Prize for biography. Recently she has reported the war in Ukraine, and the aftermath of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. She has covered the major conflicts and refugee movements of the past three decades, including Syria, Mali, Iraq, and Kosovo and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2011 she witnessed the Arab Spring uprisings in Libya and Egypt. She has also reported extensively from Iran, and was Channel 4 News China Correspondent from 2006 to 2008. In 1994, she was the only English-speaking foreign correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide started. She has been Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year, and has won the Charles Wheeler Award and the James Cameron Award as well as the Patron’s Medal from the Royal Geographical Society, and recognition from One World Media, Amnesty International and BAFTA. Her writing regularly features in the New York Review of Books, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and Granta, among other publications. Before becoming a journalist, she was an aid worker, first in Latin America and then in Africa. Her first book was Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution.