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.
Forum in Estero points to ways to make communities healthier
Published 03/12/2014 at 8:58 p.m.
Imagine walking school buses and musical stairs.
Living Waters church buys former Albertsons in Estero
Published 03/11/2014 at 7:09 p.m.
Living Waters Community Church in Bonita Springs has found a new place to live. The church will move to Estero, where it has purchased the Williams Place shopping center, formerly anchored by an Albertsons, for $4.4 million.
Phil McCabe plans additional high-end hotel in downtown Naples
Published 03/10/2014 at 4:55 a.m.
Phil McCabe plans another expansion of the Inn on Fifth, this time to the north, with a new hotel. The stand-alone hotel will tie into the inn, with the same branding, but will offer larger rooms spanning an average of ...
Lely residents, developer, community district tussle at property owner meeting
Published 03/07/2014 at 9:09 p.m.
Residents had plenty to say Friday at the annual Lely Resort Master Property Owners Association meeting, with tensions running high over an unusual legal dispute between the community's developer and its development district.
Fishkind report: Immokalee big box store won't harm mom-and-pops
Published 03/06/2014 at 6:30 a.m.
A consultant's analysis of what a big box store would mean economically to Immokalee and the mom and pop businesses there was received by county community development officials.
Hertz stock dips after company announces delay for earnings report
Published 03/03/2014 at 6:27 p.m.
Hertz saw its stock drop Monday, after the rental car giant announced it had hit a bump in the road and couldn’t timely file its annual financial results.
Rising tides: Business booming again for local marine contractors
Published 03/03/2014 at 5:30 a.m.
Marine contractors in Southwest Florida are seeing a wave of business again, steered by the winds of economic change.
Scammers targeting guests at local hotels
Published 02/28/2014 at 6:40 a.m.
The con artists act like hotel employees, giving various reasons for needing the customer’s card information again, from computer system crashes to processing problems. The posers call late at night or early in the morning when most guests are sleeping, ...
Profits plummet at Chico's in 4Q of 2013
Published 02/27/2014 at 2:10 p.m.
The Fort Myers-based women's retailer saw its profits plummet more than 80 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.
Chico's fourth quarter profits drop sharply
Published 02/27/2014 at 8:32 a.m.
The company reported adjusted net income of $5.9 million, down from $32.7 million a year ago. The adjusted results exclude the impact of tax charges related to its purchase of Boston Proper, and other acquisition and integration costs.
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