Laura is an award-winning Detroit-based journalist and writer. She was a featured columnist at the Detroit News for almost 30 years, writing and reporting from Detroit and destinations as far-flung as war-ravaged Bosnia, Moscow, and London. At the Detroit Free Press, where she worked for ten years, Laura covered politics, business, and worked as a Sunday Magazine writer.
Laura’s commentary and feature writing has appeared in many national publications, including full-length profiles of Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert in Fortune and of Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne for Time. Her journalism awards include a National Headliner Award for column writing, best Michigan columnist awards from AP and UPI, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the professional journalism society.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, she lives with her husband, Brian Dickerson, and their 16-year-old daughter Lina in a Detroit suburb. She is currently working on a non-fiction book about the mercurial rise, slow fall and remarkable rebirth of a Detroit square mile.