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Lauren Ober

Reporter, Metro Connection

Lauren Ober is a reporter/producer for Metro Connection. Her stories cut across a range of topics, from affordable housing to Persian dodgeball to the grass on the National Mall. In addition to WAMU, Lauren's work has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, PRI’s The World, 99% Invisible, Only A Game, The Story and the BBC, among other outlets. She has collected a few accolades for her radio work, including a regional Edward R. Murrow and a PRNDI award.

Prior to diving into radio, Lauren was an award-winning newspaper reporter, writing about everything from Canadian border security to dairy farming to all things maple syrup.

Lauren has accumulated a couple of college degrees, including a masters in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is also a proud graduate of the Transom Story Workshop in the dreamy radio wonderland of Woods Hole, MA.

Originally from the great City of Pittsburgh, Lauren naturally has a deep and abiding love of pierogi.


Articles Written by Lauren Ober

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Metro Connection Segments Koreans Roll In To D.C.'s Bagel Businesses ...
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Metro Connection Segments Out of the Vault and Into the Light: Precious Shakespeare Works to Tour U.S. ...
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Metro Connection Segments Francis Scott Key: Lawyer, Layman, Tone-Deaf Lyricist? ...
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Metro Connection Segments Venture Capitalists Bet Big On D.C.'s Food Scene ...
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Metro Connection Segments Burek And Breakaways: Bosnians Cheer On World Cup Team In Virginia ...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside the Oyster Research Lab Known As The 'Room of Doom' ...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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Metro Connection Segments Rich Massabny: Shooting From The Hip From Arlington For More Than 30 Years ...
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Aliya Rahman, left, is a teacher, coder and organizer for Code For Progress Lauren Ober/WAMU ...
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American University students rallied this afternoon, demanding a swift response from the school's administration to the alleged actions of an underground fraternity. About 50 students marched across the university carrying handmade signs to protest what they say is the school's complacency regarding the banned Epsilon Iota fraternity. Members of the fraternity, which is not ...
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Andrew Sutphin is a third-grader at Aldie Elementary School in Blue Ridge, Virginia He thinks has a pretty good handle on what makes his school special. “It’s nice and small, and the kids are all nice,” he said. “And every once in a while, it’s just fun. It’s my favorite school of all time.” Aldie Elementary might be Andrew’s “favorite school of a...
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For the past few years, the Washington Redskins have been embroiled in battle after battle over their nickname. Many people object to the name, including Ray Halbritter with the Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York. "We do not deserve to be called Redskins,” he said. “We deserve to be treated as what we are: Americans." Tracing the word "redskin" ...
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D.C. Police say they're wrapping up their search of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Northeast D.C. for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. Investigators say they are still seeking leads in the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, though Asst. Police Chief Peter Newsham says the tip that lead them to search the 700-acre park has been their most promising. “We came up her...
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Pennsylvania Avenue east of the Anacostia River is a drag strip of gas stations, liquor stores, discount shops, and funeral homes. Then there’s Thai Orchid’s restaurant. It’s easy to miss the low-slung brick building that houses Vernon Bhagirat’s restaurant. But some Ward 7 residents like Maceo Thomas want to change that. He helped spearhead a project to ...
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For five months, Mario de la Cruz went to work on a D.C. construction site where he made $15 an hour laying tile, installing floors and putting up siding. Then, without notice, his employer stopped paying him. Still, the Guatemalan immigrant, continued working. “Since they had gone so long paying me correctly, I said, 'OK, I’ll keep working because this person is probab...