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.

  • 13 Feb 2018

    In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma is clinging to power tonight, moving the country further into a political crisis. After a 13-hour marathon meeting yesterday, the highest committee of the President’s party, the ANC, decided to call on their candidate to resign, but so far he has resisted. The ANC’s secretary-general today said that the…

  • 12 Feb 2018

    The South African president Jacob Zuma has reportedly been recalled by the top committee of his party after an all-day meeting which is still under way outside Pretoria. Although there has been no official word from inside sources say the process to remove him from office is now underway. Our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum is…

  • 11 Feb 2018

    South Africa is expected to finally learn if their president Jacob Zuma will resign or be forced from office tomorrow. The future of the embattled president has been in doubt for some time. But at an event in Cape Town marking 28 years since Nelson Mandela was released from prison, the ANC’s president and Zuma’s…

  • 9 Feb 2018

    The embattled South African President Jacob Zuma could be out of power within days, but residents in Cape Town are facing uncertainty of another kind: their water supply is fast running out. After three years of relentless drought, a rapidly expanding population and accusations of poor planning by authorities, day zero, when the taps are…

  • 7 Feb 2018

    The South African President Jacob Zuma is another step closer to resigning tonight. He’s been locked in talks all day with the ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

  • 6 Feb 2018

    The embattled South African President Jacob Zuma is under yet more pressure to resign, as officials delayed the annual state of the nation address that he was due to give on Thursday. Zuma is facing a series of corruption charges and senior ANC leaders have urged him to step down. So can Zuma survive?

  • 5 Feb 2018

    In Syria, Russian forces have carried out their heaviest bombing since entering the war in 2015, in a push to oust rebels from their last two strongholds. It comes just days after a Russian pilot died when his plane was shot down over rebel-held territory. This report contains some distressing images.

  • 2 Feb 2018

    Risking their freedom and their safety: women across Iran have been removing their veils in defiance of the country’s strict religious laws. The campaign swiftly went viral after a young woman with her hair uncovered posted her photograph online back in December. She was finally released last weekend after being held for a month and…

  • 30 Jan 2018

    In Yemen, troops who were supposed to be fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have rounded on each other. Three days of clashes between southern Yemeni separatists and Saudi-backed government forces have left dozens dead and left close to 200 wounded in the port of Aden. And there are reports that the Saudi-backed prime minister is…

  • 25 Jan 2018

    It’s in an extraordinary show of support for a group of cadets – who were threatened with disciplinary action after their own risqué video went viral. No bananas will be harmed in the making of our report…

  • 22 Jan 2018

    Fighting has entered its third day as Turkish forces continue their ground and air offensive against US-backed Kurdish fighters in north-west Syria. The UN Security council will meet later tonight to discuss the situation, as leaders from Europe and NATO voiced their concerns, urging Turkey to respond in a “proportionate and measured way”. Syrian activists…

  • 15 Jan 2018

    Tens of thousands of  Syrians have  fled their homes. Now officials are warning of a potential “refugee catastrophe” amid a ferocious government assault on Idlib, the last Syrian province under rebel control. Aid organisations are also warning of another humanitarian catastrophe in eastern Goutha, where hundreds of thousands of people are trapped under heavy bombardment.

  • 5 Jan 2018

    A hardline Iranian cleric has declared the country should control its own social media, blaming apps like Messenger and Instagram for spreading days of anti-government protests. Friday prayers leader Ahmad Khatami said cyberspace was “kindling the fire of the battle”. So have the authorities managed to put a lid on the unrest?

  • 3 Jan 2018

    Across Iran, thousands of people have been on the streets of major cities again today. But this time it was the government that had orchestrated the counter-demonstrations, which many employees were required to attend. As they did so, the head of the country’s Revolutionary Guard declared that anti-government protests were at an end. This report…