Hi! I’m Laura Testino, currently the life and culture reporting fellow with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Before I ventured back South to give you the scoop on 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 taught me most. Some of that translated into an investigative feature on sexual assault and suicide for Teen Vogue. Prior to that, it was lots of reporting for student media at The University of Alabama, where I graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both journalism and dance.