Lauren Ober

Posted: June 15, 2018 at 11:19 am, Last Updated: March 27, 2019 at 10:27 am

Lauren Ober is the host of WAMU’s The Big Listen, the “broadcast about podcasts.” Before taking the helm of this program, she was an award-winning radio producer for WAMU’s weekly newsmagazine, Metro Connection. Ober’s stories have been heard on other public radio shows, including NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Here & NowPRI’s The World and Latino USA, as well as podcasts like Criminal99% InvisibleGravy and KCRW’s Unfictional. Ober previously served as producer of Orbital Path, a podcast from PRX about the cosmos and our place in it.

In 2015, Ober was a recipient of the French American Foundation Immigration Journalism Fellowship and traveled to Russia to report on LGBT immigration. Currently, Ober 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, she has a deep and abiding love for pierogi.