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LAURA LAYDEN

Title: Multimedia Journalist
Department: Newsroom
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About LAURA LAYDEN

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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.
LAURA LAYDEN

Position History

  • Multimedia Journalist
    Newsroom
    11/20/2007 - current

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