Welcome to the KVML Family, Lauren!
Lauren Ramsby, a very recent migrant from NYC to Indianapolis, has been a news executive for over 25 years as deputy editor of The New York Observer, managing editor of the New York Post, and head of operations at Patch Media. She cut her teeth chasing Capitol Hill politicians around with a tape recorder and, based on her skills driving efficiency, problem-solving, and “making things happen,” quickly rose up the ranks. Behind every project she tackles lies a passion for writing and storytelling and a mission to expose injustice and abuse of power. Lauren was born and raised in Winter Park, Florida, to a family of German citrus growers. Her 99-year-old grandfather, one of her heroes, still leads the clan, now made up of 103 descendants and counting. Recently settled in Downtown Indy with her boyfriend, another German, Lauren feels a connection to Kurt Vonnegut’s roots and has been visiting the significant addresses of Kurt’s life and family history.
We posed a few questions to get to know Lauren better:
How did you first become acquainted with Kurt Vonnegut? Before connecting with KVML founder Julia Whitehead following a screening of her film, My Friend Mickey, I had known Vonnegut mainly through reading Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions in school and a few tangential connections to him during the time that we were both New Yorkers.
What is your favorite Vonnegut work and why? I am partial to the short story “Harrison Bergeron” as a brilliant example of Vonnegut’s ability to shine a light on the most absurd tendencies in our society.
What do you hope to achieve in your first year here? I am joining the KVML family at a time of tremendous momentum and opportunity—considering the recent acquisition of a “forever” home—so one goal would be to play a critical role in maximizing the potential and use of the new space.