Laura lives in New York City and works as a criminal justice reporter at PolicyMic, a news platform for millennials. This site includes links to her published work, including pieces in The Economist and on the theatlantic.com.
Laura attended college at Columbia University and majored in psychology. Outside of school, she was certified to counsel victims of rape and domestic violence in the emergency rooms of St. Luke’s and Roosevelt hospitals. She interned at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) with work focused on combatting HIV/AIDS. She studied abroad at the University of Ghana during her junior year.
After graduating in 2009, 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 worked as a research intern for Ambassador John Campbell at The Council on Foreign Relations before commencing graduate school.
Laura began the master’s program 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. She produced feature stories and profiles, and 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 the small town of 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. She also wrote a piece about the effect of American troops on Afghanistan’s opium market which ran in the April 12, 2014 print edition of The Economist.
With a more recent focus in criminal justice, she wrote a lengthy piece about the horrors of solitary confinement, and appeared on MSNBC to discuss it.