2021 Annual Journalism Funders Gathering
Join us virtually October 13-14!
Keeping the health and safety of our network in mind, our 2021 Journalism Funders Gathering will take place virtually. We’ll focus on the “big questions” facing journalism, and the agenda features plenty of networking and participant-led discussions.
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Hello, everyone!

My name is Lauren Bohn and I’ve recently joined the incredible team at MIF as the communications director. I couldn’t imagine a more important time to advance and catalyze the work of a diverse range of funders committed to media that informs, engages and inspires.

A bit about me: While I’m a proud Philly native (and a devoted patron of Wawa), I’ve spent the last 11 years, largely based in Cairo and Istanbul, reporting on social justice issues around the world. I was one of first women columnists at Foreign Policy magazine and the inaugural international correspondent at The GroundTruth Project—an award-winning nonprofit news organization that some of you may have funded!

Along the way I’ve created two organizations to chip away at inequities: Foreign Policy Interrupted, an initiative to combat gender disparity in the media and SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation campaign that provides bicycles to schoolgirls in Malawi and Guatemala. 

From reporting on youth unemployment in Nigeria and gender inequity in Afghanistan, to exploring the scarred legacy of apartheid in South Africa or the refugee crisis on our southern border, philanthropy has made almost all my journalism possible. For that I’m not only grateful but also fiercely committed to helping create more of it. Read more

One of the questions that drives my work, and likely yours, is: What would our country—and world—look like if women and all people were truly equal? What would it look like if we were able to create the multiracial democracy we deserve? Talent is universal but opportunity surely is not. Democratizing the latter is my north star and that’s why I joined MIF.

I also joined MIF because of you. Our members are crucial in the process of reimagining and reconstructing a better world. And I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with you in supporting media that awakens both the individual and the collective to opportunities and solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. As James Baldwin said, “We made the world we’re living in and we have to make it over.” 

Onwards!

Lauren

About the Author
Lauren Bohn

Lauren Bohn

Communications Director

Lauren Bohn brings more than a decade of journalism and entrepreneurship to her role as the communications director for Media Impact Funders.

Formerly the GroundTruth Project’s inaugural international correspondent, based in Cairo and Istanbul for almost a decade, Lauren was one of the first women columnists at Foreign Policy magazine. She co-founded Foreign Policy Interrupted, an award-winning initiative dedicated to amplifying women in the media and international affairs. She’s also the co-founder of SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation campaign in Malawi and Guatemala to provide bikes for adolescent girls to get to school.

Lauren is the founding senior editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in Egypt, where she was a Fulbright fellow and Pulitzer Center grantee. She’s a 2021 fellow at the New America Foundation, an Atlantic Council Millennium fellow and was named a 2017 Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. She was a 2012 Overseas Press Club fellow in Jerusalem with the Associated Press, and a 2013 and 2014 UN Foundation Press fellow. A Livingston Award finalist, she has reported from Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, Iraq, the U.A.E., Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Guinea, South Africa, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.

Lauren’s work has been published by The New Yorker, the New York Times, WIRED, the Wall Street Journal, the AP, CNN, NBC News, Businessweek, Newsweek, TIME, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan Magazine, among others.

She graduated summa cum laude from New York University as a John W. Withers Memorial Award recipient and Presidential Scholar, with a degree in Media, Culture, and Communication. She received Chicago’s Association for Women Journalists 2010 award for outstanding young female journalist and her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Lauren is originally from Philadelphia, where she was named an Archdiocesan scholar, a Champion of Caring and “Philly Hero” by the Philadelphia Daily News for her community work.