Hi! I’m Laura Testino, an education and children’s issues reporter in Memphis for The Commercial Appeal.
Most recently I was in New Orleans as a life and culture reporter for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. There, I got the scoop on everything from “the baddest biker girls in the world,” to the coolest ski masks to dive bars. Before heading back South, I lived in New York City as the assistant site editor for This Old House, where I also managed to fulfill my five-year-old self’s dream of writing a magazine cover story.
Learning the ropes in Alabama gave me the drive to tell diverse stories and hold people accountable. Some of that translated to an investigative feature on sexual assault and suicide for Teen Vogue. Before that, it was reporting with an internship at Tuscaloosa News and with student media publications at The University of Alabama, where I graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both journalism and dance.