Lauren is NHPR’s Politics and Policy reporter for the State of Democracy project.
Before joining NHPR in 2017, Lauren spent nearly six years as a reporter, producer and fill-in host for WBEZ in Chicago. Most recently, she covered City Hall and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration.
Her reporting has earned her awards from the Associated Press and a regional Murrow Award. In 2014, her voice was featured on a best-of list in the Chicago Tribune culture section for its “unpretentious, Peppermint Patty scratchiness,” which her family especially appreciated.
Lauren graduated with a BA in History from Saint Anselm College and has a Master of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she was also an adjunct lecturer. Her work as been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here and Now, and in The Washington Post, among others.
Lauren is a proud New Hampshire native, born and raised in Hampstead.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Lauren Chooljian, host of New Hampshire Public Radio's Strangleholdpodcast, about two different candidate events and what they reveal about the future of the primary.
As the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary get close, what keeps low-polling candidates in the race? A sense that a state like New Hampshire could deliver an upset, as it has in the past.
The global consulting firm has become a talking point on the campaign trail lately. Pete Buttigieg, particularly, has been criticized for his time there.
A long-established tradition maintains the state holds the first-in-the-nation primary. But a changing landscape puts its relevance at risk like never before.
New Hampshire has maintained its outsized influence in presidential politics through a state law that's given election officials power to unilaterally move the date of its first in the nation primary.
The vice president's visit comes as Trump's GOP challengers see the first-in-the-nation primary as a place where they'll make a stand against Trump.
Hotel rooms can cost $300 a night for delegates, who also have to pay for their own travel and meals. Some are turning to crowdfunding sites to pay for their trips.