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.
Decision who owns club at Naples Bay Resort now in judge's hands
Published 04/23/2014 at 9:02 p.m.
It's now up to a judge to decide the rightful owner of the club at Naples Bay Resort. A foreclosure trial involving the club and its feuding partners ended late Wednesday in Collier Circuit Court.
Fort Myers' NeoGenomics reports $18.2 million in revenue; profits up
Published 04/23/2014 at 9:25 a.m.
Fort Myers-based NeoGenomics Inc. reported revenue of $18.2 million for the first quarter. The company, a leading provider of genetic testing for cancer, saw its test volume grow 21 percent in the quarter, helping to drive a 16.1 percent year-over-year ...
Antaramian, partners trade barbs in second day of Naples Bay Resort trial
Updated 04/22/2014 at 9:15 p.m.
The second day of a trial over a foreclosure on a piece of property on the east side of Naples Bay Resort is under way. After a morning of testimony from Jack Antaramian, one of his opposing partners has taken ...
Trial debate: Antaramian savior of Naples Bay Resort or 'unclean hands'?
Published 04/21/2014 at 9:52 p.m.
An anticipated weeklong trial over a contentious years-long foreclosure fight involving Naples developer Jack Antaramian is under way in Collier Circuit Court. It involves the eastern property next to the Naples Bay Resort.
UPDATES: Jack Antaramian foreclosure trial
Published 04/21/2014 at 11:18 a.m.
Opening arguments are expected Monday in an anticipated weeklong trial over a contentious years-long foreclosure fight involving Naples developer Jack Antaramian. The non-jury trial is scheduled to run for a week in Collier Circuit Court.
Property east of Naples Bay Resort subject of trial for Antaramian this week
Published 04/20/2014 at 7 p.m.
A contentious years-long foreclosure fight involving Naples developer Jack Antaramian is headed for a trial.
Late Easter, April cold mean longer stays for Southwest Florida visitors
Published 04/19/2014 at 7 p.m.
While some local residents may be eager to say goodbye to season because it means less traffic, shorter lines at the grocery store, and an easier time getting a seat at a favorite restaurant, the exodus can be bittersweet for ...
Immokalee agricultural research center still hoping to get seed money to expand
Published 04/18/2014 at 6 a.m.
The Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, tied to the University of Florida-IFAS, now has a new full-time director. It's fighting for $4.9 million in state money to restore programs, staff and faculty, and to expand.
Hermanas de Naples crean sitio web para documentar vida escolar
Published 04/17/2014 at 3:51 p.m.
Las hermanas de Naples han creado GoEnnounce.com, sitio para compartir noticias de la escuela, proyectos de clases, objetivos personales.
Naples sisters create website for students to document their school careers
Published 04/17/2014 at 6:15 a.m.
Meghan and Melissa Davis, sisters who grew up in Naples, created GoEnnounce.com. It's solely for students to share school news with family and friends, from test scores and club activities, to sports feats and community service, to class projects.
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