About LAURA LAYDEN
My love for journalism sparked in high school.
Recognizing my love for writing and telling stories, my business teacher for a co-op program that allowed students to spend half the day at work, encouraged me to apply for a job at a local newspaper, The South Dade News Leader in Homestead, on Florida’s east coast. I got a job there as a clerk/typist. I had the opportunity to write stories, here and there, and saw reporters there in action. I was hooked.
I went on to major in journalism at the University of Florida in Gainesville. “Go Gators.”
After graduation, I worked for the Hollywood Sun in Broward County as an education reporter. A few months later, I became an assistant editor at South Florida magazine in Miami, where I interned during college.
I was driven back to newspapers when given an opportunity to become a business reporter at Miami Today, covering Miami-Dade County government.
Five years later, I needed a change _ professionally and personally. Newly married, my husband, Roy, and I moved to Southwest Florida, where I became a business editor at the Bonita Banner. About a year later, I moved to the downtown Naples office to become a business reporter for the Naples Daily, covering everything from agriculture to the economy.
When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family.
I have two children, Luke, a seventh grader with a big heart, and Alexis, a second grader with a big, bright smile. They keep me busy playing basketball, singing on Rock Band Wii, swimming and twirling.
I love movies, dancing, biking, gardening, taking photos and laughing with my husband, whose sense of humor keeps me going.Covering business keeps me busy. There's always something new to learn.
NeoGenomics' revenue soars in third quarter
Published 10/23/2013 at 5:45 p.m.
The company continues to introduce new products, with a focus on innovation.
Chamber's Cox backpedals on pitch to pair convention center with proposed sports complex
Published 12/12/2013 at 3:22 p.m.
The chamber leader made a big pitch a few days ago: Maybe the vision for a multimillion-dollar sports complex on county-owned land should include building a convention center next door.
Collier officials: Half of county soccer fields overused, proposed complex could help
Updated 12/11/2013 at 8:44 p.m.
A county report shows soccer fields at community parks and schools get a good workout, with half of them actually getting too much play. "Soccer fields are used. That is all there is to it," said Shannon Peters.
Commissioners get ball rolling on soccer complex
Published 12/10/2013 at 7:51 p.m.
The ball is rolling on a proposed multimillion-dollar soccer complex that could be built on land owned by Collier County taxpayers.
Commissioners vote to spend more than $150K on economic development initiatives
Published 12/10/2013 at 6:09 p.m.
There’s a new buzz around economic development in Collier County.
Collier staff to explore possible sites for soccer complex
Published 12/10/2013 at 5:28 p.m.
Collier County commissioners have given the go-ahead for county staff to explore sites for a privately funded, multimillion soccer complex.
North Naples company sold on idea of making online selling easier
Updated 12/09/2013 at 10:46 a.m.
A start-up in Southwest Florida, called WorldLister, has developed a free web-based application that allows users to quickly list items for sale with a few clicks from a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.
Hiller to urge Collier commissioners to partner in soccer complex, 7,000-seat stadium
Updated 12/04/2013 at 10:10 p.m.
Collier Commission Chairwoman Georgia Hiller is proposing a public-private partnership with the SW Florida Soccer Foundation Inc., which would offer at least $1 million in start-up money over the next five years to get the ball rolling.
Medical office complex near North Naples hospital has new owner
Updated 12/04/2013 at 11:26 a.m.
A medical office park, across the street from NCH North Naples Hospital, has changed hands with the sale of the mortgage and a title transfer to new owners, which stopped a foreclosure.
Collier County leaders look at eastern region for economic development spark
Published 12/03/2013 at 9:06 p.m.
Collier County commissioners met for a workshop agenda that included discussions about economic development for rural areas and sports marketing promotion.
Second Cup in Mercato brings worldly flavors to coffee competition
Published 12/02/2013 at 5:40 a.m.
Second Cup's coffees come from around the world, through exclusive fair-trade agreements with growers in Costa Rica, Colombia, Central Africa and Sumatra, but the food comes from local vendors in its markets.
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