Lauren on the road

I'm a multi-platform journalist based in Istanbul. I was a 2011 Fulbright fellow in Egypt, where I'm also a Pulitzer Center for Conflict Reporting grantee, working on an ongoing reporting project “Egypt: The Country Outside the Square.” Here: some slices of life, bits of meaning-making, journspiration, people, and color found along the way.


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Snaps on the street

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    Pots&pans protest as teargas wafts thru residential nhoods. Happy Saturday from Istanbul #TurkishModel

    Beverly - Voicemail from Grandma


    Grandma keeps abreast of gay rights news and has some cautionary words about a potential trip to Russia for Sochi. 

    Heartwarming waking up to this voicemail. A testament to the cultural divide.

    BTW, I returned the phone call.


    Remarks to U.S. Fulbright students and scholars departing for North Africa and the Mideast.

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    Key Bridge Marriott,

    Arlington, Virginia


    When I walked home a few hours ago to write something to share with you tonight, I couldn’t help thinking about another…

    Edible Turkish kiddies, Bushra and Mostafa

    Tuesday afternoon humanity: Guy walks out of shop to help blind man down a steep Istanbul hill

    Sunday in Istanbul: Splashes of pink, family, and joy on old streets

    Some Istanbul cafe wisdom for your Tuesday morning #Yalla

    Monday afternoon orange-pomegranate goodness #Istanyum

    Nooom. Hummus-Pomegranate crack @YeniLokanta #Istanyum #TurkishModel

    Protestors flood into side-streets of residential nhood off Taksim; residents lean out windows, banging pots & pans

    And the pots & pans protest movement is back… #Istanbul #Turkey

    #Turkey police rush in to block entrance to Istiklal from Cihangir+Taksim Sq.


    Shakira, a Girl Guide at Nampingunja Secondary School #malawi #unfoundation

    Amazing, amazing young woman. 

    70-year-old grandmother in rural Malawi breaks it down #Rhythm #ShowingBeyonceHowItsDone

    More beautiful kiddie selfies from Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world

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