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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Revelers in Mumbai hoist up a statue of the elephant-headed god Ganesh and parade it toward the Arabian Sea. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Indians Are Partying And Praying For Elephant-Headed God Ganesh

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Sampath, 63, planted these oil palm trees on his farm in Tamil Nadu, India, 12 years ago, but has yet to turn a profit. Sushmita Pathak/NPR hide caption

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Amid Palm Oil Boycott, India Wants To Produce More Of It

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Accompanied by Carnatic music, Indian classical dancer Rama Vaidyanathan performs a Bharat Natyam classical dance at a school in Amritsar in 2011. Narinder Nanu AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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India's Carnatic Singers Face Backlash For Performing Non-Hindu Songs

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Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2018 at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam. China News Service/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Aung San Suu Kyi Says Rohingya Crisis 'Could Have Been Handled Better'

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News Brief: Day 2 Of Kavanaugh Hearings, 'NYT' Anonymous Op-Ed, Gay Sex In India

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on his arrival at the airport in New Delhi on Wednesday. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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In New Delhi Talks, Mattis And Pompeo Seek To Bring U.S. And India Closer

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U.S. Secretaries Of Defense And State To Visit India

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After Massive Flooding And Landslides, Southern India Gets A Break From Rain

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Flooding Displaces 800,000 In Southern Indian State

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The Nashik Civil District Hospital is a government facility about 100 miles outside Mumbai. The director, Dr. Suresh Jagdale, acknowledges that the mortality rate is higher than that of private hospitals, but he says he's proud to offer free health treatment to India's poor. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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India Aims For The World's Biggest Health Care Overhaul

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