Lauren Knapp is a multimedia storyteller. With an academic background in anthropology and a professional background in journalism, she uses the documentary medium to merge both worlds.
After graduating from Grinnell College in 2006, Lauren spent a year teaching in Nanjing, China as Grinnell Corps Fellow. It was there that she discovered her passion for media while volunteering for a Chinese (English language) television show. Upon her return to the United States, she began working at the PBS NewsHour where she honed her skills as a journalist and was inducted into the demanding and dynamic world of television journalism. She was one of the first Reporters on staff to film, edit and produce her own videos – now common at the PBS NewsHour.
With a love for music, urge to focus on a long-term project, and keen interest in Mongolia (a place she briefly visited in 2007), she left Washington, DC for Ulaanbaatar in late 2011 with the support of a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship. She later wished she’d timed her visit to start after the most brutal months of winter.
Originally from Minnesota, Lauren now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She’s always interested in collaborating with like-minded souls and eager to finish LIVE FROM UB so she can start her next project.
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