Lauren Ober

Lauren Ober is the host of The Big Listen. Before taking the helm, she was an award-winning radio producer for WAMU 88.5. Her stories have been heard on public radio shows like NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, Here and Now, PRI's The World and Latino USA, as well as podcasts like Criminal, 99% Invisible, Gravy, and KCRW's Unfictional. Previously, Lauren served as producer of PRX's Orbital Path, a podcast about the cosmos and our place in it.

In 2015, Lauren was a recipient of the French American Foundation Immigration Journalism Fellowship and traveled to Russia to report on LGBT immigration. Currently, Lauren is a board member of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, American University, and the Transom Story Workshop. A proud Pittsburgh native, Lauren has a deep and abiding love for pierogi.

Oooh boy, 2017 has been quite a year. Donald Trump was inaugurated as the United States' 45th president, devastating hurricanes hit Texas and Puerto Rico, and there's been a massive uprising around sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.