Lauren Caruba reports on health and medicine for the San Antonio Express-News, where she has been a staff writer since 2016. Read her most recent work here.


During the coronavirus pandemic, Lauren has led coverage of the virus’ impact on San Antonio hospital workers, COVID-19 patients and their families. She has shadowed in COVID-19 wards and emergency rooms across San Antonio during surges and embedded in one coronavirus intensive care unit for 18 hours. Her work has explored the use of ECMO for the sickest patients, how the pandemic has complicated end-of-life decisions and health care worker burnout. She also reported on the federal quarantine of Wuhan and cruise ship evacuees in San Antonio and the city’s first major nursing home outbreak.

Her earlier work in San Antonio includes an award-winning series documenting the lives of transgender San Antonians and the divisive debate in the Texas Legislature over the “bathroom bill,” for which she was selected as a 2018 local reporting finalist in the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists


Previously, Lauren worked as an investigative fellow at the Houston Chronicle, where she reported enterprise stories and contributed to long-term projects. While there she reconstructed the events of a mass shooting in a Houston neighborhood, a three-part serial narrative that was anthologized in The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 5 (University of North Texas Press, 2018). She was also a member of an investigative team probing conditions at the Harris County Jail and reported on structural problems with Houston’s aging flood control dams.

Lauren can be reached at laurencaruba@gmail.com.