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Who We Are

About Us

News Deeply is a new media and technology firm dedicated to innovating and improving the user experience of complex global issues. Our team of journalists and technologists design and build unique, user-centric projects and platforms that fuse news, live events, information design and social participation.

News Deeply is also working to bridge the newsroom and the classroom, creating educational content for U.S. teachers that won the endorsement of the National Council for the Social Studies.

In addition to news platforms, our team ideates and creates custom projects for think tanks, institutions and private sector partners.


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, COO

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,
Creative Lead

Brock is an experienced UX strategist, designer and frontend developer. Apart from being the CCO of News Deeply, he’s also the experience lead at Groundsource, a platform that lets journalists and ethnographers communicate with targeted demographics via mobile phones. 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. An avid photographer and outdoorsman, Brock can often be found trekking the backwoods of northern Minnesota, camera in tow.

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.

Katarina Montgomery

Digital Producer

Katarina is a Digital Producer. She also coordinates product development, curates editorial content and assists on community management. Katarina was an emerging markets strategy analyst at Accenture. Katarina has the eye of a traveler after spending her childhood attending local schools in the Balkans learning to understand the nuanced intersection of culture, history and conflict. Her interest in journalism was sparked during an internship at B92 in Belgrade, after a summer shadowing reporters during Serbia’s transition toward democracy. Katarina has a degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Karen Leigh

Managing Editor of Syria Deeply

Karen Leigh is a seasoned foreign correspondent. She started in Time magazine’s London bureau and has since reported from the Middle East, Central Asia and West Africa for such outlets as The New York Times, The Daily Beast and Foreign Policy. She’s prayed in an Afghan burn unit, ducked rubber bullets in Bahrain, imbibed with terror operatives in Burkina Faso and campaigned in rural Liberia with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She’s covered new government initiatives for Mint/WSJ in New Delhi and traveled with the 2008 U.S. presidential candidates. She’s an ardent supporter of women’s education and can often be found in an art gallery.


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

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.