Before coming to The Times in 2017, she was the deputy managing editor and then managing editor for news at Foreign Policy magazine and co-authored “The American Pope,” which was published by the Vatican in 2016.
Lara worked for more than 12 years at The Associated Press, including three in Iraq, where she served as Baghdad bureau chief in 2012. As an award-winning reporter in Washington, she covered the State Department, Pentagon, Justice Department and Homeland Security Department, and was named AP National Security Writer in 2013.
Earlier, Lara was a national correspondent for Hearst Newspapers and worked for over five years at the Times Union newspaper of Albany, N.Y., ultimately as chief political writer.
She is a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has won journalism fellowships at the University of Maryland (2005), Harvard University (2018) and Stanford University (2019). She was named an adjunct lecturer in 2019 at Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program.