About LAURA LAYDEN
My love for journalism sparked in high school.
Recognizing my love for writing and telling stories, my business teacher for a co-op program that allowed students to spend half the day at work, encouraged me to apply for a job at a local newspaper, The South Dade News Leader in Homestead, on Florida’s east coast. I got a job there as a clerk/typist. I had the opportunity to write stories, here and there, and saw reporters there in action. I was hooked.
I went on to major in journalism at the University of Florida in Gainesville. “Go Gators.”
After graduation, I worked for the Hollywood Sun in Broward County as an education reporter. A few months later, I became an assistant editor at South Florida magazine in Miami, where I interned during college.
I was driven back to newspapers when given an opportunity to become a business reporter at Miami Today, covering Miami-Dade County government.
Five years later, I needed a change _ professionally and personally. Newly married, my husband, Roy, and I moved to Southwest Florida, where I became a business editor at the Bonita Banner. About a year later, I moved to the downtown Naples office to become a business reporter for the Naples Daily, covering everything from agriculture to the economy.
When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family.
I have two children, Luke, a seventh grader with a big heart, and Alexis, a second grader with a big, bright smile. They keep me busy playing basketball, singing on Rock Band Wii, swimming and twirling.
I love movies, dancing, biking, gardening, taking photos and laughing with my husband, whose sense of humor keeps me going.Covering business keeps me busy. There's always something new to learn.
NeoGenomics' revenue soars in third quarter
Published 10/23/2013 at 5:45 p.m.
The company continues to introduce new products, with a focus on innovation.
Hiller to urge Collier commissioners to partner in soccer complex, 7,000-seat stadium
Updated 12/04/2013 at 10:10 p.m.
Collier Commission Chairwoman Georgia Hiller is proposing a public-private partnership with the SW Florida Soccer Foundation Inc., which would offer at least $1 million in start-up money over the next five years to get the ball rolling.
Medical office complex near North Naples hospital has new owner
Updated 12/04/2013 at 11:26 a.m.
A medical office park, across the street from NCH North Naples Hospital, has changed hands with the sale of the mortgage and a title transfer to new owners, which stopped a foreclosure.
Collier County leaders look at eastern region for economic development spark
Published 12/03/2013 at 9:06 p.m.
Collier County commissioners met for a workshop agenda that included discussions about economic development for rural areas and sports marketing promotion.
Second Cup in Mercato brings worldly flavors to coffee competition
Published 12/02/2013 at 5:40 a.m.
Second Cup's coffees come from around the world, through exclusive fair-trade agreements with growers in Costa Rica, Colombia, Central Africa and Sumatra, but the food comes from local vendors in its markets.
Ritz's summer closing shows up in reduced tourist tax collections
Published 11/30/2013 at 7:30 a.m.
Even though tourism is up, tourist tax collections in Collier County took a hit in September because The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, was closed.
Jingle all the way: Region's retailers saw strong store, online Black Friday sales
Published 11/29/2013 at 7:43 p.m.
Black Friday, traditionally regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping season, brought out its usual deal-hungry crowds across the region, with some merchants reporting even heavier traffic than last year.
Fort Myers-based Chico's reports profits down for third quarter
Updated 11/26/2013 at 5:29 p.m.
Fort Myers-based women's retailer Chico's FAS Inc. on Tuesday reported lower profits for the third quarter.
It's official: Hertz breaks ground on world headquarters in Estero
Updated 11/26/2013 at 5:40 p.m.
Hertz held its official groundbreaking Tuesday at its new Estero headquarters site. Gov. Rick Scott was among those in attendance.
Tourism season arrives early in Collier County
Updated 11/25/2013 at 6:26 p.m.
Collier saw a more than 12 percent jump in the number of visitors staying in area hotels and other vacation rentals in October, compared to a year ago. There were 138,100 visitors last month, up from 123,100 in October last ...
Developer reviewing design options for mixed-used building, apartments on old Daily News property
Published 11/24/2013 at 5:45 p.m.
A developer has the old Naples Daily News site under contract and has developed a site plan for the property. Find out what could be in store.
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