Lauren Green Biography, Age, Husband, Fox News, Book, Net Worth, Reza Aslan

Lauren Green Biography | Who Is Lauren Green?

Lauren Green (Lauren Susan Green) is an American Correspondent who is currently the Chief Religion Correspondent for the Fox News Channel. Previously, Green was a headline anchor giving weekday updates at the top and bottom of the hour during morning television show Fox & Friends. 

Lauren Green Education

Green studied at the University of Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor of Music in piano performance, and then attended graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Lauren Green Career

Before becoming the Chief Religion Correspondent for the Fox News Channel, Lauren was a headline anchor giving weekday updates at the top and bottom of the hour during the 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.

In 1984, Lauren won the Miss Minnesota pageant and became the first African-American Miss Minnesota. She was third runner-up in the Miss America 1985 pageant. In 1992, she appeared in the music video for Prince’s song My Name Is Prince, playing a news anchor and using her own name of Lauren Green.

In 2004, Lauren released her debut album called Classic Beauty consisting of classical piano music. In addition, she played keyboards for Mike Huckabee‘s band The Little Rockers on the Fox News Channel program Huckabee.

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In January 2014, Lauren performed in the 90th birthday concert for Georg Ratzinger, the brother of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. She described this in an opinion piece written for Fox News as “the honor of a lifetime.”

Lauren Green Age

She was born Lauren Susan Green on June 30, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. She is 60 years old as of 2018.

Lauren Green Family

She is the daughter of Robert Green (father) and Bessie Grissam Green (mother). She has two sisters, Barbara Green and LoisGreen , and two brothers, Leslie Green and Kenneth Green.

Lauren Green Husband – Lauren Green Married

She is married to Ted Nikolis an attorney in New York since May 2, 2015.  The two met at a fashion event.

Lauren Green Net Worth

Lauren has an estimated net worth of around $2 Million which she has earned from her career as a Correspondent.

Lauren Green Religion

Lauren Green is a practicing Christian and member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Green has never been questioned as to whether her Christianity may put her at odds with her job as Chief Religion Correspondent with Fox News.

Lauren Green Reza Aslan

In 2011, Lauren Green asked whether Islam “makes believers more susceptible to radicalization.” After a 2013 interview with Iranian-American scholar Reza Aslan (who was then promoting his new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth), Green received considerable criticism for her questions.

She questioned why a Muslim would write about Jesus, saying, “You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” Aslan defended his credentials several times throughout, and clearly stated that his interest was scholarly. Green continued to press him on the same matters, clearly not taking on board anything Reza Aslan said.

Erik Wemple of The Washington Post disparaged her questions as “dumb, loaded, and prejudicial,” calling for the Fox News Channel to apologize to Aslan. Daniel Politi of Slate speculated that the interview was possibly “the single most cringe-worthy, embarrassing interview on Fox News […] in recent memory.”

Matthew J. Franck criticized Reza Aslan for his claim of a degree in the history of religions, as he teaches creative writing and holds a PhD in Sociology of Religion rather than a degree in history. In the interview, Aslan clearly stated that “anyone who thinks this book is an attack on Christianity has not read it yet.”

Lauren Green Book

Green’s book Lighthouse Faith: God As a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog was published in 2017.

Is God Just a Distant Concept? An Award-Winning Religion Correspondent is Convinced the Answer is No and Explores the Possible Relationship with Our Creator

Fox News Religion Correspondent Lauren Green uses her wealth of stories, vast network of contacts, and her own extensive study of theology to take the reader on a unique journey of spiritual discovery. With few female authors writing in the field of theology, Green provides an important perspective to all who wish to move closer to not only a deeper relationship with God but an understanding of what makes that possible.

Green gathers insight from some amazing guides along the way, through personal conversations with some of the leading minds in the world on the topic of Christianity.

Lighthouse Faith explores the heart of the Christian doctrine and a pathway of perceiving God as an interactive hands-on presence; a caring and loving being. The first commandment is a life-giving force loaded with information about the world in which we live. This law stands atop the other nine commandments as a beacon of light, illuminating the created order, just as a lighthouse lamp shines in a darkened space, heralding a way to safety.

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Did you grow up going to church?

Lauren Green: I did—and I was breathing the air of Christianity because the culture was infused with Christian beliefs.

Did that affect how you lived when you went to the University of Minnesota?

Lauren Green: I think so, but I still separated my understanding of God from my relationship with God. God was the Santa Claus in the sky, the one you call on when things are bad: “God, why are You doing these things to me? Why don’t You do what I pray to You to do? Why don’t You give me this?”

The cosmic bellhop?

Lauren Green: Yes. A lot of us view God in the Sunday school version of God, of Jesus loving the little children and lilies. We don’t see the bloody Jesus on the cross, the broken Jesus.

You were the third runner-up in the Miss America pageant in 1985. You also graduated from Northwestern University’s graduate school of journalism. Good combination to get a job in television journalism?

Lauren Green: One of my professors had worked with a news director in Minneapolis, where I’m from. That opened it up for me to get an interview and go back home—but my first job was not on-air, it was just writing. Working with a producer really helped because I didn’t have to focus on hair or makeup or anything: I just had to write. A few months after, I had the opportunity to be a trainee reporter. I had two things going for me. One: I already had a commercial background in modeling and presentation so I was very comfortable in front of a camera. Two, I had already developed my writing skills.

What career path do you recommend?

Lauren Green: Everybody’s story is different. Sometimes people work in small markets, work themselves up and get a great opportunity, like some big hurricane, and they’re catapulted to the network. Some people work up small markets. I know interns at Fox who start getting jobs as producers, then to be on-air go on smaller markets.

You were born in 1958. How do you deal with getting older in an industry that prizes youth?

Lauren Green: That’s still part of the industry: I can’t deny it. Yesterday a young woman came into my office, about 22 or 23. She wanted to be on-air. She must be about this big around, borderline anorexic. It was sad. There is this problem of thinking that you have to look a certain way to be in this industry.

A story in the news recently concerns Kevin Breen, a man who had his hands and feet amputated and almost died. CNN had Breen and his wife Julie saying they felt God kept him alive, and he was grateful for prayer. The Washington Post didn’t have any of that.

Lauren Green: Reporters should ask open-ended questions. What happened? How did you get through it? What was your reaction when the doctor told you? And it does depend on the editor.

In Lighthouse Faith you write about the death of your brother Kenny in 2009.

Lauren Green: Yeah, of cancer. Kenny was a painter and also a security guard, working at Home Depot. His relationship with God became so powerful and wonderful. There was a lot of stress in his life. The younger of his two daughters had severe cerebral palsy: She was basically quadriplegic. It drove him to God more.

You write about John Rankin, a theologian in Connecticut.

Lauren Green: He wants to take the hard questions from people who don’t agree with him. He respects them, loves them, and has a conversation. In a college auditorium he was debating a lesbian about LGBT issues in a room full of lesbians. At the end of the session many of them came to him and said, “I don’t agree with you, but I respect you because you care about us.” That was a huge lesson: Don’t be so focused on winning the argument that you lose the relationship.

He doesn’t give in theologically, but he says “we sinners” instead of “you sinners.”

Lauren Green: Yes, you have to find the sweet spot where you speak the truth in love. It takes work, thought, caring, seeing them not as an object but as a fellow human being in the eyes of God.

What interview that you’ve done has had the most impact on your life?

Lauren Green: The one with a Chicago minister, Scott Willis, and his wife. They had lost their six youngest children in a fiery car accident. He had incredible faith and said he often listened to “It Is Well With My Soul,” which Horatio Spafford wrote after his four daughters died in a steamship accident in the Atlantic. Scott and Janet Willis brought us into their home. He said, “We’re going to praise God.” That to me was wonderful.

One of the children who died loved baseball, and Janet wrote a children’s book based on that. The book includes a lineup card that lists all nine children, including the six who died.

Lauren Green: Nobody wants to experience that kind of pain and grief. But when it happens, you just can’t run away. You want to grow up closer to God, and God reaches out in His way. Jesus experienced in the garden the first pains of separation. He experienced this on a cosmic level, yet He went to the cross.

If you could interview anyone from the Old Testament, who would you choose?

Lauren Green: Maybe Joseph, in prison for so many years without word from God. But I think Moses is particularly interesting because of the Ten Commandments, and how he was beaten into the dust. Sometimes brokenness is the only way God can get our attention.

What particularly would you ask Moses?

Lauren Green: What were your early years like? When did you finally realize that something was different about you? Did you ever wonder why you were different and why you weren’t living with your people? What did the burning bush look like? Tell me exactly what it was like up there on Mount Sinai.

New Testament person? Apart from Jesus?

Lauren Green: The Apostle Paul. Transformed lives, the idea that Jesus meets us where we need to be met—that captivates me. Sometimes we need a soft sermon to bring us along, and sometimes hard facts, a slap in the face. Sometimes we need a revelation, a flash of light, and Jesus saying, “I am here.” Paul knew the Scriptures so well and was able to interpret them in light of Jesus being the Messiah. I would ask him: Is there a letter that you wanted to write but didn’t get a chance to write?

What would you ask Jesus?

Lauren Green: I wouldn’t ask Him anything. I would just … thank Him. Being in the presence of Jesus, every question will be answered. He peers into your soul and sees every thought, every hurt, every longing, every need, every fault—and still loves you down to your deepest soul.