Hi, I'm Laura.

I'm a writer in San Francisco. I like tight copy, good design, Springsteen, wordplay, and the Oxford comma.

I grew up 90 miles east of the city, where there isn't much to do except tipping cows — and even that's just an urban legend. Life got more interesting when an AOL CD-ROM landed in our mailbox in 1996. Now I can say I've been using the Internet almost as long as I've been able to ride a bike.

I'm a news reporter.

I write for a newspaper in the weird city of Santa Cruz.

Gastronaut, a profile on Chez Pim
Pulling the plug, a trend piece on outlets in coffee shops
From high seas to Felton trees, on design with shipping containers
Quick Bites, my weekly roundup of restaurant news
Reimagining the cinnamon roll, a food review
Breaking news on Randall Grahm's restaurant rebranding
and more
I'm a project manager.

I run a holiday toy drive for the Cheyenne River Youth Project, a grassroots nonprofit on the Lakota Sioux reservation in rural South Dakota.

I'm a top writer.

Find me on Quora, telling stories and sharing knowledge. Forbes Magazine just covered the launch of Quora’s first book, which featured one of my essays.

on Asperger's on simplicity on technology on writing on obscure jobs on punctuation on surfing on DFW on geography
I spend a lot of time in Photoshop.