Lauren Caruba is a reporter who is passionate about longform writing and narrative storytelling. She currently covers health and medicine for the San Antonio Express-News, where she previously reported on education. Read her most recent work here.
Lauren’s work in San Antonio has included extensive reporting on transgender issues. In 2017, she authored “Life in Transition,” a series documenting the lives of transgender San Antonians and the divisive debate over the “bathroom bill,” for which she was recognized as a 2018 local reporting finalist in the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Her work has also been recognized by the Society for Features Journalism, Editor and Publisher, and Best of the West. Lauren’s other reporting has delved into a young boy’s grueling recovery from a mass shooting, allegations of misconduct against a San Antonio literary icon, the arrests of more than a dozen La Vernia ISD student-athletes for hazing and sexual assault, state oversight of and intervention in the city’s schools and the controversy over a high school’s ties to the Confederacy.
Formerly, Lauren worked as an investigative fellow at the Houston Chronicle, where she reported enterprise stories and contributed to long-term projects. While there she wrote “55 Minutes,” a three-part serial narrative about a mass shooting in a west Houston neighborhood, which in 2017 was selected as a notable narrative in the Mayborn Best American Newspaper Contest and was published in the 2018 anthology, The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 5. She was also a member of an investigative team probing conditions at the Harris County Jail and explored the history of Houston’s aging flood control dams.
In June 2015, Lauren graduated with honors from Northwestern’s Medill School after studying journalism, magazine writing and political science.