Lauren Green

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Lauren Green
BornLauren Susan Green[1]
(1958-06-30) June 30, 1958 (age 55)[1]
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Minnesota
Northwestern University
OccupationCorrespondent
(Fox News Channel)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Website
Biography on FoxNews.com
 
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Lauren Green
BornLauren Susan Green[1]
(1958-06-30) June 30, 1958 (age 55)[1]
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Minnesota
Northwestern University
OccupationCorrespondent
(Fox News Channel)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Website
Biography on FoxNews.com

Lauren Susan Green (born June 30, 1958) is the Chief Religion Correspondent for the Fox News Channel.[2][3] Previous to holding this position she was a headline anchor giving updates weekdays at the top and bottom of the hour during morning television show Fox & Friends. She has also appeared as a guest panelist on Fox's late-night satire show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.

Early life and education[edit]

Green was born to Robert and Bessie Grissam Green in Minneapolis. She has two sisters named Barbara and Lois and two brothers named Leslie and Kenneth.[1] She won the Miss Minnesota pageant in 1984, and was third runner-up in the Miss America 1985 pageant.

Green earned her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Minnesota, then attended graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.[3][4]

Interview with Reza Aslan[edit]

After a 2013 interview with Muslim-American scholar Reza Aslan, Green received heavy criticism for her line of questions. Aslan was promoting his new scholarly book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, on television. Green's questioning focused heavily on the idea of a Muslim writing on the historical figure of Jesus Christ and implied that Aslan had an inherent bias as a Muslim. Aslan defended his credentials, including a doctorate in the subject matter, and argued that his interest was scholarly.

Near the end of the interview, Green accused Aslan of hiding an inherent bias by not disclosing his faith background while discussing Christianity in his new book as well as in other interviews. Aslan immediately countered that the second page of his book mentioned he was Muslim, and cited the countless television and print interviews he has done.[5][6][7] During the interview, Green, in an attempt to explain why she thought Aslan, a Muslim, shouldn't have been writing a book about Christianity, said, "Why would a Democrat want to promote democracy by writing about a Republican?"[8]

The interview was widely criticized and has been described as "the single most cringe-worthy, embarrassing interview on Fox News" on Slate.[7] However, conservative commentator Brent Bozell defended the interview saying "I’ll be the first one to stand up and applaud Lauren Green for the question she asked. It was the exact, correct question that needed to be asked."[9][10] Further defense of Green came from pundits who attacked Aslan's claim of a degree in the history of religions, as he teaches creative writing and holds a PhD in Sociology. However, Aslan's academic adviser at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mark Juergensmeyer (himself a scholar of religious studies), defended his academic credentials, calling him a "historian of religion" within the field of comparative religions.[11]

As a result of the interview, Aslan's book sales skyrocketed, beating J.K. Rowling's book for the top spot on Amazon the next day.[12]

Music[edit]

In 2004, Green released an album called Classic Beauty consisting of classical piano music.[13]

Green also plays keyboards for the Mike Huckabee's band "The Little Rockers" on the Fox News Channel program Huckabee.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002". Ancestry.com. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Opinion - Commentary from Lauren Green". Fox News. April 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Lauren Green bio, FOX News Network, accessed November 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Distinguished Visitor Series: Lauren Green, The King's College (New York), October 27, 2009, accessed July 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Sameera (July 28, 2013). "How Come Fox News Host Lauren Green Can’t Believe That A Muslim Theologian Can Write A Book On Christianity?". carbonated.tv. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Peck, A. (July 27, 2013). "Fox News Anchor Dumbfounded That A Scholar, Who Is Muslim, Had The Audacity To Write A Book About Jesus". Think Progress. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Politi, D. (July 28, 2013). "Fox News to Scholar: Why Would a Muslim Write a Book About Jesus?". Slate. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kaczynski, A. (July 27, 2013). "Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done?". Buzzfeed. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Tobar, Hector (July 31, 2013). "Fox News guest Brent Bozell defends Reza Aslan interview". Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ Dolan, Eric (July 31, 2013). "Fox News whines ‘far left media’ making fun of our ‘most embarrassing interview’ ever". 
  11. ^ Sturgeon, Emma (August 2, 2013). "In Defence of Reza Aslan". Sharnoff's Global Views. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Boog, J. (July 29, 2013). "Reza Aslan’s New Book Hits No. 1 on Amazon". mediabistro. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ David Freedlander (2013-07-30). "Lauren Green, the Woman Behind Fox News’ Reza Aslan Interview Debacle". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2013-08-04.