Lauren Lumpkin

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering issues at local colleges and universities

Education: American University, MA journalism and public affairs; American University, BA public relations and strategic communication

Lauren Lumpkin is a local higher education reporter for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2020 after a year-long fellowship on the education desk. Before coming to The Post, Lumpkin covered public schools for the Capital Gazette and breaking news for the Baltimore Sun. She has previously contributed to the Nation and NBC Washington.
Latest from Lauren Lumpkin

Mold at Howard U., and an omicron update

Why dozens of students at Howard University spent part of their fall semester living in tents. And, omicron comes to the United States.

December 3, 2021

Virginia Commonwealth University closes dorm due to ‘elevated mold levels’

Officials at Virginia Commonwealth University moved to close a residence hall after detecting elevated levels of mold.

November 30, 2021

$3 million Maryland grant will tackle colleges’ leadership ‘caste system’

Faculty from the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Morgan State University will use a $3 million grant to research ways to diversify campus leadership.

November 27, 2021

Reinstatement of mask mandate in Montgomery County meets mixed reviews

Montgomery County’s rule change comes two days before neighboring D.C. is set to relax its masking policy.

November 20, 2021

‘We won’: Howard protesters reach deal with university and end month-long occupation

Students demonstrated after reports of poor housing conditions and called for greater university transparency.

November 15, 2021

University of Maryland to create 5 new cultural centers for underrepresented students

Officials announced plans to create new hubs for Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American, Native American and Indigenous, multiracial and biracial, and disabled students.

November 11, 2021

Howard protests over mold and mice put campus housing contract under scrutiny

Students want leaders to cut ties with the firm that manages most of campus housing.

November 8, 2021

Howard University president acknowledges housing issues in address to community

Wayne A.I. Frederick addressed housing concerns in his semiannual state of the university address.

November 5, 2021

Rev. Jesse Jackson released from hospital after fall at Howard University

Jackson's daughter tweeted that he is "resting comfortably & doing well."

November 2, 2021

University of Maryland names dining hall Yahentamitsi, honoring Piscataway tribe

The university on Monday named its new dining hall "Yahentamitsi," a tribute to the Piscataway Conoy Tribal Nation.

November 1, 2021