Lauren Hepler is a reporter covering cities, jobs and tech in and around Silicon Valley — plus the occasional sports or agriculture story required of all Ohio natives. She has contributed reporting to the New York Times, the Guardian, the L.A. Times and the BBC. She is a contributor to local publications including the alt-weeklies Metro Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz Good Times, and was previously a staff writer for the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Lauren has also written for her hometown Columbus Dispatch, Slate’s Washington Bureau, Congressional Quarterly and the campaign finance watchdog OpenSecrets.org. She is an alum of George Washington University and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.