Lauren Thomas is a reporter for CNBC covering the retail industry. Her primary areas of focus include keeping a pulse on the evolution of mall-based retail, such as department stores and apparel brands, as well as digital-first companies like Warby Parker and Rent the Runway. Lauren also covers the fitness industry for CNBC. She joined the news organization after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Journalism. Lauren currently resides in New York City but was born and raised in South Carolina. When she’s not reporting, you can find her strolling Central Park or in a spin class.