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.