Laura has also worked as a network affiliate correspondent, reporting on the O.J. Simpson trials in Los Angeles, the Malibu fires, the San Diego cult mass suicide, the Timothy McVeigh trial in Denver, the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA and the Unabomber trial in Sacramento.
In January 1995 Laura received an Emmy Award for her coverage of the sniper standoff at Franklin and Pine Streets in San Francisco. In 1998, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for feature reporting. Laura received two Distinguished Service Awards for her work as a reporter, anchor and producer in Salt Lake City. In 2008, she received a "Good News" award from the Sacramento Chapter of American Women in Radio & Television for her reporting on a non-profit started by a 10-year-old Brentwood boy.
Laura holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Journalism from U.C. Berkeley.
She is married and has a young son. Laura enjoys skiing, golf and travel with her family.
Laura works out of the Contra Costa County bureau, and primarily covers the East Bay.
There's a growing homeless encampment around the Veteran's Health Center in Oakland, and some believe it dishonors the veterans.
A new prenatal program at Oakland's Highland Hospital is being credited with reducing premature births by more than a third.
A residential hotel in Oakland is so run down that a judge had to intervene. On Wednesday, that judge made a rare site visit as he prepares to make a ruling on a lawsuit brought by a tenant rights group and the city.
Clinton is in the Bay Area starting Tuesday for a series of events.
Superintendent Antwan Wilson says a last-minute rush to make sure all Oakland Unified students are up to date on vaccinations and in compliance with state law may have kept several hundred out of class.