Lindsey Hilsum , International Editor

Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News' International Editor and the author of 'Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution'.

In recent years she has covered the early weeks of the Trump administration, conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, terror attacks in Europe and the journeys of refugees. Previously she reported the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2011 she was an eyewitness to the Arab Spring uprisings in Libya, Egypt and Bahrain. She has reported extensively from Iran and Zimbabwe, and was Channel 4 News China Correspondent from 2006 to 2008. During the 2004 US assault on Falluja, she was embedded with a frontline marine unit, and in 1994, was the only English-speaking foreign correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide started.

She has been Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year, and won the Charles Wheeler Award and the James Cameron Award as well as recognition from the One World Broadcasting Trust, Amnesty International and BAFTA.

Her writing has been featured in the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Observer and Granta, among other publications. She is currently writing a biography of the late war correspondent, Marie Colvin. Before becoming a journalist, she was an aid worker, first with OXFAM in Latin America and then with UNICEF in Africa.

  • 17 Aug 2018

    It is the last battlefield in Syria’s seven-year war: Idlib province, where almost three million people fear an onslaught by regime forces backed by Russian bombers. Today Britain promised new emergency aid, including health clinics and new technology to warn of impending airstrikes. But the US has withdrawn $200m worth of funding for projects in Syria.

  • 15 Aug 2018

    Almost 50 people have been killed and scores wounded after a suicide bomb attack on students preparing for university exams in the Afghan capital Kabul. It comes at a time of increased tension in the country, with Taliban forces conducting a wave of attacks on military bases and in the eastern city of Ghazni. We speak to…

  • 13 Aug 2018

    As Turkey’s currency plummets to record lows, President Erdogan has blamed the United States, accusing Donald Trump of waging “economic war against the entire world”. The Turkish lira has lost around 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year, but the financial crisis reached meltdown on Friday after the US doubled tariffs on…

  • 25 Jul 2018

    In Pakistan, results are coming in following an election closely fought between former cricket star Imran Khan and the party of Nawaz Sharif, who’s been prime minister three times, but who’s now in prison on corruption charges. Unofficial results on local TV shows are claiming an early lead for Mr Khan, but amid allegations of…

  • 24 Jul 2018

    Diplomacy on Twitter, two of the world’s most powerful men making agreements behind closed doors, institutions like Nato and the European Union under attack from their closest ally. A quarter of a century ago we were all talking about the end of history. Now, with Trump and Putin in charge, it is the end of…

  • 23 Jul 2018

    It was late on Sunday night when President Trump took to Twitter with a verbal attack on Iran’s leader Hassan Rouhani. Tweeting entirely in capital letters, Mr Trump vowed to respond to any threat from Iran with dire consequences – a warning echoed today by his national security adviser John Bolton, who said any negative…

  • 11 Jul 2018

    The UK has announced that it will send 440 more troops to serve in Afghanistan, bringing the total number of its troops there to more than a thousand. The government made the announcement ahead of discussion at NATO about its military deployments in Afghanistan, which continues to be plagued by Taliban attacks. The extra troops…

  • 10 Jul 2018

    Ethiopia and Eritrea have officially ended their “state of war”, declaring a new era of friendship and peace. Leaders from both countries embraced on the tarmac of Asmara airport and agreed to resume trade, economic and diplomatic relations. A border war at Badme broke out between the two countries in 1998, leaving some 80,000 people…

  • 24 Jun 2018

    Women across Saudi Arabia have been celebrating being able to drive for the first time after the world’s only ban was overturned – describing it as a historic moment, finally abolishing a glaring symbol of repression. But despite the euphoria, some female activists who campaigned against the driving ban are still in jail.

  • 19 Jun 2018

    Markets have tumbled for a second day after President Trump threatened to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion. In response, Beijing has accused the United States of “blackmail” and warned it would take “comprehensive measures”. That could affect major US companies operating inside China and the global economy.

  • 15 Jun 2018

    China has accused the United States of launching a trade war, after President Trump declared he would impose tariffs of 25% on Chinese imports worth $50 billion. Beijing immediately threatened to respond in kind, to defend its national interests. This was after the US imposed steep tariffs on steel and aluminium from Canada and the…

  • 12 Jun 2018

    How does today’s meeting compare with other peace summits between world leaders? Think Nixon in China, or Reagan and Gorbachev. But North Korea is not a great power, just an impoverished country with a nuclear weapon and a history of cheating on diplomatic deals. So was this the beginning of a real shift in world…

  • 5 Jun 2018

    The US-led coalition showed scant regard for civilian lives in the Syrian city of Raqqa, Amnesty International has declared, claiming its air assault last year “killed hundreds and injured thousands of civilians”. The coalition has dismissed Amnesty’s claim as “grossly inaccurate”, saying IS fighters had used civilians as collateral damage.  

  • 31 May 2018

    When someone comes to you and says here’s an order for your killing, do you say: “I’m thinking about the media’s reputation! Let me be killed”? That was the question posed by unrepentant Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who has faced widespread criticism for working with the Ukrainian authorities to fake his own death. The plan…

  • 25 May 2018

    Yesterday it was all off. But today President Trump’s planned summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un could be back on again after he said he was “talking to them now”, declaring “everybody plays games”. Twenty four hours, it seems, is a very long spin cycle in international relations, Trump style.