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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Mountaineers climb the Hillary Step during their ascend of the South face to summit Mount Everest. Lakpa Sherpa/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How Tall Is Mount Everest? Hint: It Changes

We talk to NPR's India correspondent Lauren Frayer about the ridiculously complicated science involved in measuring Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. And why its height is ever-changing. (Encore episode)

How Tall Is Mount Everest? Hint: It Changes

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India's Pandemic Death Toll Estimated At About 4 Million: 10 Times The Official Count

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On June 25, people queued up to register for a COVID-19 vaccine at a site outside a Hindu temple in Hyderabad. Vaccinations are now being administered after a series of missteps led to a shortage of doses. If all goes well, India's public health agency hopes to be vaccinating up to 10 million people a day by late July. Noah Seelam/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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India Is The World's Biggest Vaccine Maker. Yet Only 4% Of Indians Are Vaccinated

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India Says New 'Delta Plus' Coronavirus Variant May Be More Transmissible

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India Hits Lowest Daily COVID-19 Tally In 3 Months

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COVID-19 Cases Falling In India, But Disrupted Health System Still Causing Deaths

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As Lockdowns Lift In India, Vaccination Becomes Next Big Challenge

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The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in a standoff with social media companies over what content gets investigated or blocked online, and who gets to decide. Bikas Das/AP hide caption

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India And Tech Companies Clash Over Censorship, Privacy And 'Digital Colonialism'

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India Demands Social Media Firms Help It Track Misinformation Online

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How COVID Spiraled Out Of Control In Nepal

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India's COVID-19 Outbreak Has Spread To Nepal

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Thousands In India Infected By Rare 'Black Fungus' With 50% Mortality Rate

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COVID-19 Has Pushed India's Junior Doctors To Their Limits

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