Hi! I’m Laura Testino, currently the life and culture reporting fellow with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. My year-long fellowship will end in June, a month earlier than expected, so I’m looking for new opportunities to do some colorful storytelling.

Before I ventured back South to give you the scoop on “the baddest biker girls in the world,” goat yoga, dive bars, and Southern wig-makers, I lived in New York City. There, I was 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.

But it took coming back South to find my way into The New York Times, writing about the narratives around poverty and how to live in an actual tree house. The American Society of Magazine Editors, Atlanta magazine, and Tuscaloosa News gave me additional professional instruction as an intern.

Reporting out of 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 the local paper and with student media publications at The University of Alabama, where I graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both journalism and dance.

You’ll learn the most about me by way of my editorial work and work on stage. If you’re feelin’ fancy, find my resume here.