Lauren Lyster is a studio anchor and correspondent in RT?s Washington, DC bureau. From protests outside the White House to heated debates on Capitol Hill, Lauren covers the controversial political issues in the US capital and strives to give a voice to people mainstream media ignores. Before joining RT, Lauren was a reporter and news anchor for Time Warner Cable SoCal News covering the Los Angeles area, where she also filled in as producer and host of a live talk show. Her news reports on issues including the foster care system and the increase in homeless children in schools also appeared on CNN Headline News in southern California. Lauren earned her Bachelor's degree in journalism, with a double major in gender studies, from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. There she also investigated miscarriages of the criminal justice system focusing on wrongful murder convictions as part of the renowned Medill Innocence Project. In addition to her experience in news, Lauren brings her background in finance to RT, having worked previously as a senior equity research analyst covering publicly-traded US and European companies.