Ishaan Tharoor

2023 Ted Sorensen Awardee

Ishaan Tharoor
Foreign affairs columnist and Anchor of Today’s WorldView, the Washington Post’s daily column and newsletter on global politics

Ishaan Tharoor is a foreign affairs columnist in the newsroom of the Washington Post where he anchors Today’s WorldView, the Post’s daily column and newsletter on global politics. Through frequent use of comparative frames, his columns make both the rest of the world intelligible to an American audience and America understandable for the rest of the world. They are anchored in the dominant themes and ideas of the moment — charting the twists and turns of the evolving geopolitical order, the travails of liberal democracies and the increasingly global debates over multiculturalism and identity. Today’s WorldView, which launched in early 2017, attracts a huge daily audience of readers from around the world. Ishaan is a frequent guest on television and radio news channels, appearing on CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, CBC, NPR, WNYC and other international, national and local networks.

In 2021, he won the Arthur Ross Media Award for Commentary, a prize administered by the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Prior to joining the Post in 2014, Ishaan was a senior editor and writer at Time magazine for eight years split between Hong Kong and New York. His work for the magazine’s international edition took him from the jungle redoubts of Nepal’s Maoists to the hurly-burly of election season in the Philippines and many places in between. He also launched Time’s first foray into foreign affairs blogging and eventually presided over the entirety of its international digital coverage.

He and his twin brother Kanishk — also a writer and journalist — were born in Singapore to Indian parents, raised initially in Geneva but mostly in New York, and graduated from Yale University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Bhumika Davé Tharoor, a managing editor at the Atlantic, and their daughter. He taught a seminar at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service on global affairs in the digital age.


The Ted Sorensen Award honors an emerging leader who exemplifies the values of Ted Sorensen and Network 20/20:

  • Passion for sound global engagement,

  • Dedication to the public good, and

  • The ability to put words to one’s aims.

We are delighted to give this honor in 2023 to Ishaan Tharoor, Foreign affairs columnist and anchor of Today’s WorldView, the Washington Post’s daily column and newsletter on global politics.

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