Lauren Barack


Lauren Barack is a journalist, editor and photographer who has written about flea markets in Kiev, protests in New York, fishermen in St. Petersburg, and new media launches in London.  Also trained as a filmmaker, Lauren has produced, edited, appeared on camera, and written for networks including VH1, Comedy Central, TNT and MTV. 

A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and the University of California at Berkeley, Lauren won the Loeb Award in 2009 for her MSN Money series, "Middle Class Crunch," earned a Pace Foundation Fellowship in robotics, and an Associated Press Television and Radio Association scholarship while in graduate school. Meeting Milton Berle remains a career highlight. She failed to light his cigar before an interview. He forgave her and taught her his secrets for on-camera makeup. She'll never appear pale again.

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