Laura has been a contributing editor at Good Housekeeping, Health, More, and a columnist at the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her articles have been published in numerous other magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Gourmet, Afar, Tricycle Buddhist Review, Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, Glamour, Self, Mother Jones, Eating Well, Food & Wine, Town & Country Travel, Budget Travel, Marie Claire, Elle, Cooking Light, Redbook, Wired, the Industry Standard, Mirabella, Mademoiselle, Salon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Pacific News Service, Newsday, O, the Oprah Magazine and many others. Her work has been frequently anthologized, including in Best Food Writing and Best Women’s Travel Writing collections. She has been awarded the Bert Greene Award for Essay Writing by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and recognized by the Women’s Science Research Foundation for her reporting on women’s health issues.
As a teacher, Laura focuses on creativity and craft, giving students permission to write what they’re passionate about, then offering tools to make it clear, well-researched, thoughtfully ordered, and irresistible to the reader. She has taught magazine writing at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, San Francisco State University, Harvard’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, Esalen, Aspen Summer Words, the A Room of Her Own conference, the San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Workshop, and at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, among other venues. She also does personal coaching for experienced non-fiction writers.
Laura has given speeches and appearances at numerous universities and media outlets. In connection with her book on the diet industry, she appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, MTV, CNN, and many other national TV shows. She has been a frequent panelist at writing conferences and has told stories at San Francisco’s Porchlight series and on National Public Radio’s Morning Editing. She moderates panels at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and at Berkeley Arts & Letters.