Lauren Pond is a visual journalist and multimedia producer with a special interest in covering religion, faith, and spirituality. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in photojournalism at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.
Not raised in a particularly religious environment herself, Lauren enjoys learning about the role of faith in different people’s lives. Through her work, she hopes to foster greater understanding of religions and cultures by sharing the human stories that lie therein. A perpetual wanderer, Lauren often gravitates toward communities on the fringes of society, many of which share her sense of independence and, occasionally, isolation. Her interests have led her on a number of news assignments and long-term documentary projects, including stories about Senegal’s controversial Qur’anic education system, America’s flourishing “Heathen” movement, Pentecostal serpent-handling in Appalachia, and, most recently, motorcycle ministry in Central Ohio.
In addition to her documentary work, Lauren can often be found outdoors, where she spends hours exploring and photographing the nation’s diverse landscapes. Through these images, she hopes to illustrate the tenuous relationship between people and nature. Lauren also enjoys narrative writing and reporting, which she studied as an undergraduate at Northwestern University. She recently led the Women Photojournalists of Washington Exhibitions Committee, and is one of the few photojournalist members of the Religion Newswriters Association.