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Lauren Paterson


Raised along the Snake River Canyon in southern Idaho, Lauren Paterson reports on culture and socioeconomics in the Pacific Northwest. Her stories focus on working class and tribal communities.

A journalism alumna of both University of Idaho and University of Oregon, Lauren began her career as a Top 40 radio personality and earned an award for her co-hosting skills.

Lauren has been featured on NPR’s Here & Now, KUOW Seattle, Oregon Public Broadcasting, News Nation, and ABC 20/20 for her reporting on the homicides case of four University of Idaho students who were killed in 2022. Her reporting is shared on multiple Northwest NPR member stations.

When she’s not chasing a story, Lauren enjoys gardening, roller derby, archery, and paddleboarding. She is happiest when exploring the forested mountains and rivers of the Northwest with her husband and faithful spaniel mix, Sophie.