Lauren Osen Senior Producer, AirTalk

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Lauren Osen is the Senior Producer for AirTalk, KPCC's daily talk show. Osen started at the station as an intern on Patt Morrison’s program, and worked her way up to become a reporter and producer for all of KPCC’s programs, including The Patt Morrison Show, 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

Would you vote to end the death penalty in 2012? Anti-death penalty group aims for the ballot

Polling data from the last 50 years suggests that California voters would reject a measure abolishing the state's death penalty if it ever came to the ballot. Despite that evidence, Senate Bill 490 proposed doing just that, until legislators tabled it in committee last week. Now, Taxpayers for Justice, a coalition of death penalty opponents, is going to the people.

Lack of grocery options leads to higher obesity rates in South, East LA

Los Angeles has some of the best restaurants in the country and the city is considered a mecca for foodies and gourmands. Despite this reputation, vast swatches of L.A. are limited to few grocery options. These are L.A.'s "food deserts" and their lack of nutritional resources is reflected in the health of the people who live in them.

U.S. Senate candidates Carly Fiorina and incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer prepare for November

The result of Tuesday’s primary is an historic U.S. Senate seat run off between two very powerful women. U.S. Senate candidates Carly Fiorina and incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer sat down with KPCC’s Patt Morrison for a postmortem of Tuesday’s primary election and a look ahead to November.

University of California to trim $500 million in administrative costs

As the Regents of the University of California were voting to increase student tuitions by 32 percent last fall, students and faculty members outside of the meetings were protesting with one common message: cut the excess and fat from the UC budget before you raise student fees. Whether UC executives have directly answered the students’ pleas is debatable, but today the UC Board of Regents has decided to go forward with a plan to trim $500 million in administrative costs over the next five years and shift the savings to academics.

Analysts point out flaws with Goldman Sachs congressional hearings

This week's Goldman Sachs hearing isn’t the first walk of shame that prominent CEOs have made in front of congressional committees - it wasn’t that long ago that executives from the auto industry, insurance companies and energy firms were all dragged in front of Congress for a righteous grilling.

SEC official advocates on behalf of average investor

The term “corporate governance” served as a form of kryptonite for several years in the fast-moving, risk-taking Wall Street culture, which played a large role in the current recession from which we are slowly recovering. As publicly owned banks and investment firms were taking risks with shareholder-generated funds, shareholders were often left in the dark and their anger at the outcome of many of those investments is still ringing.

Venture capitalist Alaya Bettaieb on investment and innovation in the Arab world

When President Obama visited Cairo and gave his landmark address to the Arab world, he spoke of the need to begin significant engagement with the Muslim-majority countries in the areas of technology and the knowledge economy. Venture capitalist Alaya Bettaieb talked with KPCC's Patt Morrison at the 2010 Milken Global Conference about how investment and technology are the essential building blocks for economic development necessary to bridge cultures and strengthen bonds between the U.S. and the Arab world.

Audit: LA Fire Department's disciplinary process 'watered down'

A city audit released this week faults the Los Angeles Fire Department for its disciplinary process, which, the report says, has allowed cultural and racial tensions to persist.

Madoff whistle blower tells all in new book

Just over a year ago, Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to operating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. Today, KPCC's Patt Morrison spoke with the Madoff whistle blower, Harry Markopolos.

Calif. Congressmen, student loan provider debate student loan bill

Along with health care reform, Congress also passed legislation Sunday night to revamp student loans. The bill could save billions by cutting out banks and lending money directly to needy students.

FCC rolls out National Broadband Plan

The Federal Communications Commission unveiled its nearly 400-page "national broadband plan" to Congress today. The proposal includes plans to subsidize broadband access to rural areas, develop a new universal set-top box that would connect to Internet and cable service, and form a "digital literacy corps" to provide skills training.