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

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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Harssh Poddar, a senior police official, addresses a village meeting at a rural school near Malegaon, in northern Maharashtra state. He warns families to be skeptical of what they read online. Earlier this month, Poddar helped rescue five people from being killed by a mob in his constituency. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Viral WhatsApp Messages Are Triggering Mob Killings In India

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How The Spread Of Fake Stories In India Has Led To Violence

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Mumbai's Juhu beach is strewn with trash at low tide during monsoon season. Floodwaters flush garbage out of the city and into the Arabian Sea. As tides ebb, beaches are blanketed in trash, much of it plastic. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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An Indian State Bans Plastic Bags, Straws And More. Will It Work?

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A statue of Edward Colston towers over a square off Colston Avenue in Bristol, England. A small plaque calls Colston "one of the most virtuous and wise sons" of the city. Officials plan to install another plaque explaining his links to the Atlantic slave trade. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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An English City Grapples With The Slave-Trading Past Of Its Most Celebrated Figure

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Activist Network Helps Irish Women Get Access To Abortions

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Polls Indicate Irish Voters Want To Legalize Abortion

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Protesters marched in London on Feb. 3 to demand more money for Britain's National Health Service, as winter conditions are thought to have put a severe strain on the system. Yui Mok/AP hide caption

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U.K. Hospitals Are Overburdened, But The British Love Their Universal Health Care

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Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald arrives to speak to the media at the Parliament Buildings in Belfast on Feb. 12. She supports same-sex marriage and ending Ireland's abortion ban, but critics warn that she's tied to many of her party's hard-line policies. Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A New Leader For Ireland's Sinn Fein, But Will It Be A New Era?

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Why A New EU Draft Of How Brexit Should Work Is Complicating Matters

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What Britons Think Of The National Health Service

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How The U.K. Government Is Trying To Fix Divisions Caused By Brexit

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Demonstrators support former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in front of the regional parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday. Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium to avoid arrest for leading a secession bid, is facing possible charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds and faces arrest if he returns from Brussels. Alex Caparros/Getty Images hide caption

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