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.

  • 18 Nov 2017

    Tens of thousands of people have taken to streets of the Zimbabwean capital, piling the pressure on President Robert Mugabe to stand down as leader. The day of protests was sanctioned by the army and even his own party. Tonight the military announced it will meet Mr Mugabe tomorrow to discuss his departure.

  • 17 Nov 2017

    Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the army took charge on Wednesday. Clad in a university gown and mortar board, the 93-year-old attended a graduation ceremony, while across town the leader of Zimbabwe’s influential war veterans declared the game was up for the president and called on Zimbabweans to take…

  • 15 Nov 2017

    At 93, Robert Mugabe is the world’s oldest serving head of state. He’s been in power for almost 40 years. Most Zimbabweans have never known rule by anyone else. Who is the man who’s led Zimbabwe since its independence from white minority rule?

  • 14 Nov 2017

    Zimbabwe’s ruling party has accused the army commander of “treasonable conduct” after he threatened to step in to calm political tensions. It follows rumours that a military coup could be under way after a convoy of armoured vehicles was spotted heading towards the capital Harare. The country was plunged into a political crisis after President…

  • 13 Nov 2017

    The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has apologised over remarks he made about the British-Iranian woman who’s been jailed in Iran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has insisted she was on holiday there when she was arrested in 2016, a claim which Mr Johnson had appeared to contradict. Pressed by Labour in the Commons today,he apologised for the “distress and anguish”…

  • 10 Nov 2017

    The UN Secretary General António Guterres has said he has “great concern” about the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon and that any conflict would have “devastating consequences” in the region. The tensions follow the sudden resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Hezbollah’s leader in Lebanon today said Saudi Arabia had forced Hariri…

  • 8 Nov 2017

    What are the Israeli connections about? And why have they caused such grief for both the International Development Secretary and now the government? Our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum has been investigating Priti Patel’s links to Israel.

  • 7 Nov 2017

    Boris Johnson is just one leading politician who has hailed post-Brexit Britain as a power that can trade on its past to occupy the global stage of the future without being shackled by a bothersome EU. That is the theory, the vision, the dream. But how does this tally with the shambles of Priti Patel’s…

  • 6 Nov 2017

    There have been more arrests today in Saudi Arabia, as a major purge of powerful princes, ministers and businessmen continued. New officials have been sworn in to take over from more than 40 prominent figures arrested over the weekend. And according to the attorney general – this is just “phase one” of the anti corruption…

  • 28 Oct 2017

    Three days after Kenya’s re-run presidential elections, the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to declare victory. At least six people have died in unrest surrounding Thursday’s vote – which was boycotted by opposition leader Raila Odinga.  

  • 27 Oct 2017

    Kenya’s election commission is postponing voting tomorrow in some of the country’s opposition strongholds over concerns about the safety of election staff. At least six people have died in violent clashes which broke out after most of the country went to the polls yesterday in a deeply divisive repeat election. Early figures suggest only about a third of…

  • 26 Oct 2017

    The security was tight, the opposition absent and the turnout well down but the re-run of Kenya’s Presidential election has gone ahead. It followed the Supreme Court’s annulment of the first election in August won by President Uhuru Kenyatta because of “irregularities and illegalities”. There’ve been protests in some areas with police firing tear gas…

  • 24 Oct 2017

    China’s ruling Communist Party has voted to insert President Xi’s name and ideas into its constitution. That the vote was unanimous – it was 2,000 to nil – isn’t really a surprise, but it marks the moment that makes President Xi China’s most powerful ruler in decades.  It places him alongside Mao Zedong, China’s first communist…

  • 23 Oct 2017

    The widow of a US soldier killed by Islamists in Africa said the President was not able to remember her husband’s name during his controversial phone call to her. The call of condolence to Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt La David Johnson, made headlines last week when a Democratic congresswoman who heard it said the…

  • 20 Oct 2017

    Donald Trump has said a rise in the UK’s crime rate is happening amid what he called the “spread of radical Islamic terror”. The US President made the comment in a tweet earlier today and added: “We must keep America safe.”  His tweet follows the publication yesterday of figures from the Office for National Statistics, which showed an increase of 13 per…