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Award-winning reporter Laura Hayes joins Press & Journal staff

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Posted 2/7/18

Award-winning journalist Laura Hayes joined the Press & Journal news team this week as a general assignment reporter, with a focus on Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships.

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Award-winning reporter Laura Hayes joins Press & Journal staff

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Award-winning journalist Laura Hayes joined the Press & Journal news team this week as a general assignment reporter, with a focus on Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships.

“I’m really excited to be here,” Hayes said.

For the past two-and-a-half years, she worked as a reporter at the biweekly Winona Post in Minnesota, covering education and crime. She covered stories ranging from murders to a potential school closure due to low graduation rates.

Hayes won six regional and statewide awards, most recently first place in investigative reporting among weekly newspapers after breaking a story about a school superintendent’s alleged plagiarism of his doctoral thesis and district documents. He later resigned.

Among her awards is the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Dave Pyle New Journalist of the Year.

Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, Hayes has been writing for as long as she can remember. However, what started out as penning short stories in her math notebook inspired her to pursue a writing career.

Hayes graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 2015, majoring in English with a writing emphasis and minoring in Russian Studies. She was involved in many writing-related activities, such as the college’s literary magazine, poetry slams and, of course, the school newspaper.

“We are very fortunate to have Laura with us in Middletown,” said Press & Journal Editor Jason Maddux. “Her experience, skills and personality will be a great fit for us and with the community.”

In her spare time, Hayes enjoys going to museums, reading and baking.

“I love being a reporter, and I’m looking forward to working with the team,” she said.