Welcome to the Silk Road: An Inside Look At the Darkest Corner of the Internet


Published on Mic on Oct. 2, 2013.

The old Silk Road was an ancient trade route between Asia and Europe through which silk and other goods were hauled. But this is the new Silk Road. It runs along one of the Internet’s back alleys — the goods are narcotics, the caravans are modern postal services, and the currencies are digital crypto codes. To untangle this complex system, Laura interviewed a cryptographer, a senator and a cybersecurity expert. She appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss the article, which reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin called a “fantastic piece” during a CNBC broadcast.

“You Pick It, We Kill It”: Giving “Fresh Food” a New Meaning in Morrisania


Published in The Huffington Post on Feb. 8, 2013.

Laura’s neighborhood beat during her first semester of graduate school was Morrisania, in the South Bronx. On one of her daily explorations, she discovered this family business — part slaughterhouse, part marketplace. The article originally appeared on The Uptown Chronicle and was subsequently picked up by the The Huffington Post.