Lauren Frayer Lauren Frayer is NPR's international correspondent based in Mumbai, India.
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Lauren Frayer

Lauren Frayer

International Correspondent, Mumbai, India

Lauren Frayer covers India for NPR News. In June 2018, she opened a new NPR bureau in India's biggest city, its financial center, and the heart of Bollywood—Mumbai.

Before moving to India, Lauren was a regular freelance contributor to NPR for seven years, based in Madrid. During that time, she substituted for NPR bureau chiefs in Seoul, London, Istanbul, Islamabad, and Jerusalem. She also served as a guest host of Weekend Edition Sunday.

In Europe, Lauren chronicled the economic crisis in Spain & Portugal, where youth unemployment spiked above 50%. She profiled a Portuguese opera singer-turned protest leader, and a 90-year-old survivor of the Spanish Civil War, exhuming her father's remains from a 1930s-era mass grave. From Paris, Lauren reported live on NPR's Morning Edition, as French police moved in on the Charlie Hebdo terror suspects. In the fall of 2015, Lauren spent nearly two months covering the flow of migrants & refugees across Hungary & the Balkans – and profiled a Syrian rapper among them. She interviewed a Holocaust survivor who owed his life to one kind stranger, and managed to get a rare interview with the Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders – by sticking her microphone between his bodyguards in the Hague.

Farther afield, she introduced NPR listeners to a Pakistani TV evangelist, a Palestinian surfer girl in Gaza, and K-pop performers campaigning in South Korea's presidential election.

Lauren has also contributed to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the BBC.

Her international career began in the Middle East, where she was an editor on the Associated Press' Middle East regional desk in Cairo, and covered the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in Syria and southern Lebanon. In 2007, she spent a year embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq, an assignment for which the AP nominated her and her colleagues for a Pulitzer Prize.

On a break from journalism, Lauren drove a Land Rover across Africa for a year, from Cairo to Cape Town, sleeping in a tent on the car's roof. She once made the front page of a Pakistani newspaper, simply for being a woman commuting to work in Islamabad on a bicycle.

Born and raised in a suburb of New York City, Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from The College of William & Mary in Virginia. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, rusty French and Arabic, and is now learning Hindi.

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Indian Prime Minister Lays Cornerstone Of A Hindu Temple On The Ruins Of A Mosque

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) performs the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Ram in Ayodhya, India, on Wednesday. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP hide caption

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Indian Prime Minister Lays Cornerstone For Controversial Hindu Temple

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Youths perform in front of a cellphone camera while making a TikTok video on the roof of their residence in Hyderabad, India, in February. India's government has banned 59 Chinese-owned apps including TikTok. Noah Seelam/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'TikTok Changed My Life': India's Ban On Chinese App Leaves Video Makers Stunned

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Indian paramilitary soldiers carry the body of a paramilitary officer who died of COVID-19 to a crematorium in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Tuesday. India is the third-ranked nation in the number of reported infections. Dar Yasin/AP hide caption

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Bollywood Star, Big B As He's Known, Contracts Coronavirus

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A package of Fair & Lovely skin-lightening cream at a shop in India. In response to calls for racial justice around the world, the product name is being changed to Glow & Lovely. Amit Dave/Reuters hide caption

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Black Lives Matter Gets Indians Talking About Skin Lightening And Colorism

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Gurmeet Singh holds a photo of his granddaughter, Gurupreet Kaur, who died of heatstroke in Arizona in June 2019. The 6-year-old and her mother had just crossed into the U.S. from Mexico. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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The Long, Perilous Route Thousands Of Indians Have Risked For A Shot At Life In U.S.

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Indian Company Starts Mass-Producing Coronavirus Vaccines Before Trials

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Interested Parties Watch To See If U.S. Schools Reopen For Fall Semester

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In this screengrab from video posted by BBC News Hindi,15-year-old Jyoti Kumari's rides with her father during their 700 mile-long journey to their family's village of Sirhulli in eastern India. BBC News Hindi hide caption

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Indian Teen Bikes 700 Miles With Injured Dad, Gets Movie Deal — And Sparks Debate

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India Bans Dozens Of Chinese Apps, Including TikTok

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India Sees A Change Sparked By Black Lives Matter Movement

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