about picLauren Caruba reports on health and medicine for the San Antonio Express-News, where she previously covered education. Read her most recent work here.

Lauren’s medical reporting has delved into a young boy’s grueling recovery from a mass shooting, poor heart surgery outcomes at a safety net hospital, a federal investigation of a hospital’s handling of alleged abuse and the impact of kidney disease on the community.

Her previous 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. Her work has also been recognized by Mayborn’s Best American Newspaper Narrative contest and the Society for Features Journalism, among others.

As an education reporter in San Antonio, Lauren covered 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 San Antonio 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 a three-part serial narrative about a mass shooting in a west Houston neighborhood.¬†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.

Lauren can be reached at lcaruba@express-news.net or laurencaruba@gmail.com.