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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A box for COVID-19 vaccine storage in Aishbagh, an area in Lucknow, India, on Tuesday. India, a country of 1.4 billion people, is preparing to launch what will likely be the world's largest immunization drive to combat the coronavirus. Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images hide caption

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India Prepares For Massive Vaccine Drive, But Some Fear It's Moving Too Quickly

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How India Plans To Provide COVID-19 Vaccines To Its Population

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Farmers protest Thursday on a highway at the Delhi-Haryana state border in India. They have descended upon the borders of New Delhi to protest new farming laws that they say will open them to corporate exploitation. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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Crowds Of Indian Farmers Gather For Days To Protest New Agriculture Laws

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Nepal & China Remeasured Mount Everest. How Tall Is It Now?

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Facebook Accused Of Violating Its Hate Speech Policy In India

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Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak, seen from Syangboche in Nepal. Prakash Mathema/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How Tall Is Mount Everest? Hint: It's Changing

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Renowned Chef Vikas Khanna Feeds Those In Need Across India

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India's Prime Minister Remains Popular In A Country Devastated By COVID-19

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A Look At COVID-19 Vaccine Development Progress

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A health worker wearing protective gear collects a swab sample from a woman during a medical screening for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a garment wholesale market in Mumbai, India, on Friday. Punit Paranjpe/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivers an address to the nation from Wilmington, Del., on Saturday. Harris will not only be the first Black, and first female, vice president. She's also the first Indian American and the first Asian American elected to the office. Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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'Euphoria': Residents Of Harris' Ancestral Village In India Celebrate Her Win

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