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Lauren Osen is a general assignment reporter for KPCC. She started at the station as an intern on Patt Morrison’s program, and worked her way up to become a producer for the show. She’s produced for all of KPCC’s programs, including AirTalk, Take Two and Off-Ramp.

Osen got her start in radio reporting and producing for the University of Oslo’s international students’ radio show, "Snakker Ikke Norsk (I Don’t Speak Norwegian)." She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, which she used to research Norway’s unprecedented gender quotas in the private business sector.

Prior to that, she interned at NPR’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ, while completing her bachelors' degree in History at the University of Chicago.

Her work has appeared in live broadcasts from the 2012 national political conventions, reported pieces on Chinese tourists in L.A. and policing policies on Skid Row, and some legendary pumpkin bread. When not at work, she is an avid cook and baker.


Stories by Lauren Osen

Cakebarring: Looking for love in LA, with cake

Like lots of people, Audrey Shulman had trouble finding a date, but unlike lots of people, her solution involved cake. Sitting in bars with cake, in fact. For one year, Audrey baked 50 cakes, gave each one away at a different bar, and wrote a blog about it. She called it cakebarring and Take Two's Lauren Osen went along on one adventurous night.

3 LA top chefs share their favorite recipes for Thanksgiving (photos)

Check out holiday recipes from Mo-Chica's Ricardo Zarate, AOC's Suzanne Goin and The Roof's Eric Greenspan. What's on your plate?

RZA headlines 5-year anniversary party for Echo Park's Bedrock Studios

Alex profiles the 5-year-old space that has hosted the likes of Beck, Divine Fits, and Janelle Monáe, in addition to many working musicians in L.A.

A real estate tour of the Inland Empire five years after Lehman Brothers

It's been almost 5 years since the Lehman Brothers investment bank went bankrupt, sending the country into an economic tailspin.

Three top LA chefs help you get creative for your Labor Day BBQ

Three top L.A.-area chefs offer suggestions for dishes that will wow your friends this Labor Day weekend.

Williams' Book Store in San Pedro closes after 104 years in business

After 104 years in business, San Pedro's Williams' Book Store — the oldest operating bookstore in the city of L.A. — is closing.

Those stinky corpse flowers not as rare as they used to be

With two corpse flowers blooming in the last two weeks — and botanists cultivating more in captivity — the rare corpse flower is becoming less so.

Odd Hollywood Jobs: Dialect coach

As a dialect coach, it's Claudette Roche's job to make sure actors master their characters' accents with such precision that audiences won't know the difference.

World on Wheels rollerskating rink gets its final spin

It's time to say goodbye to an LA institution. World on Wheels roller rink is closing its doors. KPCC's Lauren Osen tied on her skates and went to visit one last time.

San Onofre nuclear plant closing; will store fuel onsite (timeline, photos)

Southern California Edison will shut down the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which will cost hundreds of jobs and result in spent nuclear fuel that would be stored "for a very long time."

The etiquette and rules of taking free samples (Poll)

Just how many free samples is too many? Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast and blog joins the show with some tips.

Star-struck fans pay big bucks for a piece of Hollywood history

Celebrity auctions began in the 1970s and today are a billion-dollar industry. KPCC's Lauren Osen looks at their origin and previews this year's Hollywood Legends auction at Julien's Auction House.

Judge delays sentencing in neo-Nazi murder

The Riverside judge refused to use court funds to pay for an MRI scan of the boy's brain but did grant the defense a new hearing to call more expert witnesses.

Safety concerns surface as discount buses boom in Los Angeles

A fatal bus crash in the San Bernardino Mountains raises concerns about the safety of the discount bus business as it takes off in Southern California.

Safety concerns surface as discount buses boom in Los Angeles

A fatal bus crash in the San Bernardino Mountains raises concerns about the safety of the discount bus business as it takes off in Southern California.