RFI Announces Lauren Green of Fox News as Presenter of 2023 Defender of Religious Freedom Award

June 15, 2023, Washington, D.C. – The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) is pleased to announce Lauren Green, chief religion correspondent at Fox News Channel, as our distinguished award presenter of this year’s Defender of Religious Freedom Award.

The Defender of Religious Freedom Award is given on the occasion of the RFI Annual Dinner to “a person who defends religious freedom for everyone, everywhere from within his or her faith tradition.” This year, the award will be given to Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, on November 2nd at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“Lauren Green is a keen observer of religion in American public life and a strong voice for religious freedom. She has also long been devoted to living out her Christian faith in her career and beyond,” said RFI President Eric Patterson. “We are delighted and honored to have her as our presenter for this year’s Defender of Religious Freedom Award.”

Based in the New York Bureau, Green joined Fox News in 1996 and has interviewed leading politicians, clergy, and cultural figures around the world. Green reported live from Rome on the election of Pope Francis in 2013 and on the beatification of Pope John Paul II in 2011, in addition to covering Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States in 2008. She has also interviewed prominent religious leaders such as Pastor Rick Warren. 

Prior to joining Fox News, Green served as a weekend news anchor and correspondent at WBBM-TV (CBS-2) in Chicago. From 1988 to 1993, she was a general assignment reporter at KSTP-TV (ABC-5) in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Outside of her career at Fox News, Green is a reputable concert pianist, with a degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota. She has interviewed world renowned classical musicians, and covered such events as the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and opening night of The Metropolitan Opera. In 2004, she released her debut album, “Classic Beauty.” Green is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

To register and learn more about RFI’s 2023 Defender of Religious Freedom Award Ceremony, see the event page.

The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) works to secure religious freedom for everyone, everywhere. RFI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C.

Media Contact: Nathan Berkeley