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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India Coronavirus Numbers Remain Low, But Dearth Of Hospital Facilities Causes Worry

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Fire brigade personnel sanitize a government hospital as part of precautionary measures against the coronavirus in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday. Rajanish Kakade/AP hide caption

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The Conditions Inside One Quarantine Facility In Delhi As India Declares Lockdown

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India Under Lockdown To Fight Coronavirus

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A municipal worker stands next to rubble on a street vandalized in New Delhi last month. Communal violence in India's capital killed more than 50 and injured more than 200 as President Trump was visiting the country. The violent clashes between Hindu and Muslim mobs were the capital's worst communal riots in decades and saw shops, Muslim shrines and public vehicles go up in flames. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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Delhi Riots Aftermath: 'How Do You Explain Such Violence?'

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Police In New Delhi Accused Of Failing To Protect Muslims

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As President Trump Left India's Capital, Hindu-Muslim Riots Flared

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Trump Ends India Visit With Arms Deal And Press Conference

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No Trade Deal Was Announced On Day 2 Of Trump's India Trip

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President Trump Addresses Over 100,000 In India Ahead Of Formal Talks

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Modi Welcomes Trump To India With A Massive Rally

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President Trump speaks at the "Namaste Trump" event at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad, India, on Monday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on. Trump said the two leaders were discussing a possible trade deal and called Modi "a very tough negotiator." Alexander Drago/Reuters hide caption

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'Namaste Trump!' India's Modi Welcomes U.S. Leader With An Epic Party

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