Hi, I’m Lauren. I write about the vastly different ways people live and work in California. I’m currently covering the Silicon Valley economy for Protocol. My stories have been published by the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Guardian, Slate and the BBC. I also worked as a reporter on Conor Dougherty’s 2020 book on the housing crisis, ‘Golden Gates.’ Before all that, I was the economic development reporter for the Silicon Valley Business Journal and an intern for Congressional Quarterly, my hometown newspaper the Columbus Dispatch and campaign finance watchdog OpenSecrets.org. I studied social movements and political journalism at George Washington University, then multimedia investigative reporting at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.