Laura lives in New York City and works as a columnist at PolicyMic, a news platform for millennials.
After graduating from high school in Chicago in 2005, Laura moved back to her hometown of New York City to start studying at Barnard, the women’s college of Columbia University.
Outside of school, she was certified to do emergency room counseling for victims of rape and domestic violence at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt hospitals. She interned at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and studied abroad at the University of Ghana.
After graduating from Barnard in 2009 with a bachelor’s in psychology, she went on to work as a program analyst for CHAI in Pretoria, South Africa, stationed within the South African National Department of Health. Upon returning home in 2012, she was a research intern for Ambassador John Campbell at The Council on Foreign Relations before starting grad school.
Laura began studying at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in the fall of 2012 with a concentration in print journalism. She spent the first half of the year beat reporting from Morrisania, South Bronx, covering topics such as crime, politics, healthcare, and public housing, and writing feature stories and profiles. She wrote an in-depth story about a South Bronx murder, interviewing both the family of the convicted and the family of the deceased, along with the attorneys and detectives who’d been on the case.
In Professor Nick Lemann’s class, she wrote a story about a man that accidentally shot and killed his son who he thought was an intruder. For her long-form thesis project, she travelled to Le Roy, New York several times to look into a bizarre case of mass hysteria. It was published on The Atlantic’s website, discussed on Huff Po Live, and featured on KPCC radio.
Laura graduated with honors from Columbia in the spring of 2013 and wrote a piece about the underground drug website Silk Road which would later be published, featured on Huff Po Live, and mentioned on CNBC.
More recent work can be found at lauradimon.policymic.com.