Laura grew up along the Gulf Coast in the utopian town of Fairhope, Ala. She graduated summa cum laude from the honor's program at the University of Alabama with a degree in communications. Since graduating in 2001, she has lived and worked in Atlanta, Nashville, Florence and Huntsville, Ala., Pensacola, Fla., Orlando and now Lafayette, Louisiana. Throughout her 16-year career, Laura's passion for writing and communications has landed her in unique roles. In Nashville, she worked for one of the largest PR firms in the Southeast, McNeely, Pigott & Fox, representing a variety of clients in the health care, education, manufacturing, tourism and banking sectors. As director of marketing for Visit Pensacola, Laura was the national spokeswoman during the city's 450th anniversary and the BP oil spill, conducting interviews with CNN, The New York Times, The Weather Channel, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. As a writer in Alabama, she interviewed such celebrities as fashion designer Billy Reid, ESPN's Rece Davis and award-winning musician Mac McAnally, while writing in-depth features on Helen Keller and other notable Alabamians. She is also the author of the hardback book, The Shoals, which showcases the Northwest Alabama community. In Orlando, she became the editor of the Central Florida and Jacksonville markets for Where, a global travel magazine in 75 cities worldwide. There, she managed 18 publications a year covering dining, entertainment, golf, attractions and local personalities from Disney Imagineers to celebrity chefs such as Guy Fieri and Oprah's Art Smith. She currently works with a range of clients from Honolulu to Hilton Head and contributes to Orlando magazine, Lafayette Travel and her personal blog, Two Hot Messes, which has been picked up by Scary Mommy, a widely popular website with a following of more than 3.5 million. 

awards & accolades 

  • Best Visitor Publication, Winner and Finalist, Florida Magazine Association, Where Orlando magazine (2016 and 2017)

  • Best Feature, Finalist, Florida Magazine Association, Where Orlando magazine (2016)

  • Best Online Video, Finalist, Florida Magazine Association, (2016)

  • National Digital Award, Morris Communications, (2015)

  • Best Profile, Southeastern Magazine Association, No'Ala magazine (2013)

  • Multiple Flagler Awards for tourism campaigns and PR programs, Visit Florida, Visit Pensacola (2009-2011)

  • Member of the Year, Florida Public Relations Association, Pensacola Chapter (2010)

  • CVB of the Year, Southeast Tourism Society, Visit Pensacola (2008)