Laura Spero

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  • Username: lspero
  • PRX Member
  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Independent

Recent Pieces from Laura Spero

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Tij (05:00)
From: World Vision Report

Girls and women in Nepal live in a culture that treats them as second-class citizens. But they have a very public way of expressing their displeasure. Once a year they ...
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Robot Kid (03:05)
From: World Vision Report

Back when the Nepali village of Kaskikot didn’t have any technology except the radio, a young farm boy started wondering about how machines work. He started making robots. ...
Caption: Women and Girls gathering wood in Kaskikot, Nepal, Credit: Laura Spero

Wood Cutting Trip (04:05)
From: Laura Spero

An American gal accompanies a raucous group of neighbors down the mountain to cut firewood in rural Nepal.
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Bus Busker (03:58)
From: World Vision Report

Reporter Laura Spero lives in New York City, but she travels to Nepal every year. There, a single winding road connects Nepal’s capital, Katmandu, to the popular city of ...
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Woodcutting Trip (04:03)
From: World Vision Report

In the village of Kaskikot, Nepal, a gas stove is no longer an oddity. Many people have them these days. But with oil both scarce and expensive, fire is still the best way ...
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Water Tap (03:33)
From: World Vision Report

Collecting water is a serious business in Kaskikot, Nepal. Reporter Laura Spero found that out when she spent nine months living with a family in the tiny farming village. ...
Caption: Cel roti is eaten during any festive gathering, official or unofficial, including holidays or in the presence of good company--and especially during the harvest festivals of Dashain and Tihar in October and November., Credit: Laura Spero

Frying Cel Roti in Pokhara, Nepal (04:57)
From: Laura Spero

Learning to cook a traditional fried bread in Nepal.
Caption: People of all stripes gather in Jerusalem to shop before Shabbat, Credit: Laura Spero

Mahane Yehuda (01:05)
From: Laura Spero

The elbow-throwing, shekel-shouting, watermelon and halva and bread-selling chaos of Jerusalem's largest outdoor market on a Friday afternoon just before Shabbat.
Caption: Reporter Laura Spero looks for giu while Aamaa watches in the background...with a smile., Credit: Laura Spero

Churning Milk in Nepal (04:42)
From: Laura Spero

Let's talk about locally produced food--you've never had milk like this. In the village of Kaskikot, Nepal, Aamaa shows reporter Laura Spero how to churn buffalo milk to ...

About Me

I am currently working as a freelance producer in Hartford, CT while also directing Jevaia Foundation, Inc., a social enterprise I founded in 2007. I have extensive experience traveling and reporting soft features internationally, with a special focus on Nepal. I speaks fluent Nepali and have produced stories from rural and remote parts of Nepal for many years.

As a facilitator for Sound Portrait's Productions StoryCorps project ( from 2005 - 2006, I had the life-changing experience of listening to hundreds of oral history interviews in New York, Texas, New Orleans, and Washington DC.

I graduated from Williams College in 2002 with a B.A. in anthropology and neuroscience, and completed an MFA in creative nonfiction writing at the New School in 2008. My first documentary, produced in the spring of 2002 as a senior project in anthropology, explored the 9/11 attacks in relation to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I have a black belt in taekwondo and was part of the varsity rowing and swim teams at Williams.

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Laura is currently available for new projects and is available to travel Internationally.


  • Producing: News
  • Field Recording
  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Writing
  • Producing: Documentary and soft feature

Available For

  • Field Recording
  • Documentary Production
  • Interviewing
  • Tape Syncs
  • Long Walks on the Beach
  • Sound Editing


  • Hard Disc/Flash Recorder
  • Pro Tools
  • Minidisk Recorder
  • Laptop

Languages I Speak

  • Nepali
  • English

Work Experience

Previously Aired On

The World Vision Report, Marketplace, Weekend America


University of Connecticut, Master's in Social Work, 2018

The New School, M.F.A., 2008

Williams College, B.A., 2002


Additional Information

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