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About Us


News Deeply is a new media and technology company dedicated to bringing thought leaders together, enhancing public engagement, and improving the user experience of complex global issues. Our team of journalists and technologists builds unique, user-centered resources that fuse news, live events, information design, and social participation.

On News Deeply digital platforms, our reader engagement shows in our metrics. Our banner site, Syria Deeply, has seen a peak 60% return rate and a recent average of eight minutes spent on site. Through our innovative media resources and high-level events we have connected government decision makers, business leaders, policymakers, ambassadors from several countries, well-regarded academics, and well-connected organizers worldwide. Ebola Deeply, which launched in October 2014, served as a real-time crisis monitor during the deadly outbreak.

In addition to our single-subject information hubs, the News Deeply team ideates and creates custom projects for think tanks, institutions, and private sector partners. Our collaborators have included the World Economic Forum and the Global Ocean Commission.

Culture & Values

At News Deeply, we root ourselves in respect for our readers and our reporters. Driven by empathy for our users, we strive to create an easy way to understand the world’s most important issues. We recognize that journalistic integrity is crucial to our work, and we have made it part of our competitive advantage to maintain the highest ethical standards in what we deliver. All of our reporting is fact-checked by our editors and adheres strictly to AP standards. We do not editorialize, and we provide the greatest possible safety for our writers. We are using intelligent information to build a community.


Our flagship platform, Syria Deeply, is an award-winning fusion of journalism, education and digital design, created to enhance coverage of the Syrian crisis.

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The Team

Lara Setrakian

Co-Founder, CEO,
Executive Editor of Syria Deeply

Lara is an award-winning journalist, strategist and entrepreneur. She spent five years in the Middle East reporting for television, radio and digital platforms for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune, Business Insider and Monocle magazine. Her 2009 coverage of Iran’s election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011 garnered industry praise. Lara is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. Marie Claire magazine named her one of the “Top Women of 2012”. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, with a degree in Government. Lara enjoys a strong yoga practice, reading poetry and cooking vegetarian meals.

Azeo Fables

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer

Azeo is a media entrepreneur who also runs Vizlingo, a patent-pending communication platform that translates words into pictures. It is a cross between texting and sending videos. He is a seasoned photographer who is also experienced in the video production of independent films and documentaries. He has been designing and authoring web pages for nearly a decade. Azeo graduated from Northeastern University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Philosophy and Spanish. Having visited over 40 countries, Azeo is passionate about travel, culture and is an accomplished chef.

Brock Petrie

Chief Product Officer,
Design Director

Brock is an experienced UX strategist, designer and frontend developer. Apart from being the CCO of News Deeply. Previously, he spent 10 years working extensively in interactive marketing and advertising, where he conceptualized, designed and developed a wide variety of B2B and B2C campaigns. He’s also an advisor at Groundsource, a platform that lets journalists and ethnographers communicate with targeted demographics via mobile phones. An avid photographer and outdoorsman, Brock can often be found trekking the backwoods of northern Minnesota, camera in tow.

Daniel Beaulieu

Chief Content Officer

Dan oversees editorial operations and excellence across all company platforms. He previously served as the head of the World Economic Forum's Knowledge Lab, the incubation arm of the Global Agenda Councils Network. He was a founding editor of The National, the foremost English-language newspaper in the Middle East, and a Senior Editor at the Middle East headquarters of Agence France-Presse. As a correspondent for AFP and Reuters, he reported from Iraq, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jerusalem, Thailand, Hong Kong,and Japan. Daniel holds a Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

John Pasmore

Chief Revenue Officer

John oversees business operations, also serving as Executive Vice President of Partnerships at News Deeply. From 1995 to 2004 he partnered with music impresario Russell Simmons to create a new media venture Oneworld Media, Inc. where he served as President. The company published Oneworld magazine, a pop-culture lifestyle publication, produced a TV show with Warner Bros and created a custom version of the publication for Hearst Magazines. Most recently he was a co-founder, Board Member and CEO of the venture-backed, video-based travel platform VoyageTV, which was sold to Next 1 Interactive in 2013. He has consulted with and advised numerous startups and is a member of the board of Outward Bound USA.

Arindam Biswas

Chief Technology Officer

Arindam is a backend developer, startup mentor and serial entrepreneur. He’s also a founder at CollectiveZen, an award-winning technology services and solutions provider with clients in India and North America. He bootstrapped his first startup in 2000 and went on to merge operations with Mixercast, where his roles included product design and management. His passions include the convergence of commoditized infrastructure, multi-gestural interfaces, the emerging ubiquity of the mobile Internet and location-based services. His daily pursuit of happiness ends with a smile when he makes a difference in the lives of the next generation.


Turi Munthe

Founder of Demotix

Andrew Russ

Venture Capitalist

Khoi Vinh

Digital Design Entrepreneur

Alex-Lovell Troy

CTO of OneLeap

Deborah Amos

Award-Winning Journalist and Author

Brian Behlendorf

Founder of Apache Software Foundation

Stephen Armstrong

President of the National Council for Social Studies

Chris Schroeder

Entrepreneur & Investor

Soumyadeep Paul

Technical Advisor

Razmik Abnous

Chief Architect, Documentum Inc

Binta Brown

Co-Founder & CEO, Fermata Entertainment

Soraya Darabi

Co-Founder, Zady

Kevin Doyle Jones

Co-Founder, Good Capital

Timothy Freundlich

Co-Founder, Good Capital

Susan McPherson

Founder, McPherson Strategies

Adaora Udoji

CEO & Founder outLoud inc.

Get in touch

If you’d like to reach us to chat about a potential project or a new Deeply topic, you can contact us at info@newsdeeply.org.