lauren knapp


I produce, film and edit nonfiction stories. My work has been featured on The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, NPR, PRI’s The World, The Atlantic, McClatchy Studios, TIME, and Newsy.

I’m drawn to stories that explore the human experience – in all its complexity – and journalism that reveals the cracks in our social systems. My work has focused on Mongolian rock music (Live from UB), the intersection of medicine and criminal justice (The Sandman), the lingering psychological effects of war (The War Within), the elections process (Counted On), and the growing international movement of white supremacy (Verified: The Next Threat). While I mainly work in video and film, I have a true love for audio storytelling. I am also eager to work with emerging mediums – like 360 documentary.

I also love exploring documentary in the classroom. I have taught undergraduate and graduate film and journalism students at Georgetown University, Northwestern University, and George Mason University. And I’ve guest lectured several times at Grinnell College.


  • Master of Fine Arts, Documentary Film & Video Stanford University – 2016
  • IGNITE, Stanford Graduate School of Business Stanford University – 2015
  • Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Anthropology, Concentration in Global Development Studies Grinnell College – 2006