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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Arif Khan aims to put Indian winter sports on the map at the Beijing Olympics

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COVID is spiking in India, further straining the country's health system

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Homeless people gather beside a portrait of Saint Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, to collect free food outside the order's headquarters in Kolkata, India, in August. Bikas Das/AP hide caption

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COVID-19 surges are forcing countries around the world to adapt

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People gather to pay their respects at the 1971 independence war martyrs national memorial to celebrate the 50th Victory Day, which marks the end of a nine-month war of independence from Pakistan, in Savar, Bangladesh, on Thursday. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Bangladesh is marking 50 years since the end of the war that created the country

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Encore: Sula Vineyards makes wine in India's unlikely terroir

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Members of the National Students' Union of India burn a poster showing Chinese President Xi Jinping during an anti-China demonstration in Ahmedabad on June 18, 2020. Sam Panthaky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tensions with China revive old fears for Indians of Chinese descent

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This 19th-century short story might help combat racism against refugees today

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India's top military official, Bipin Rawat, dies in a helicopter crash

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Riots haven broken out after soldiers in India killed members of an indigenous tribe

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New Delhi is closing schools as it tries to deal with air pollution

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India's oldest Chinese community faces the impact of the two country's tensions

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Supporters of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, a group of farmers' organizations, hold flags during a protest to mark one year since the introduction of divisive farm laws and to demand the withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill, in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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