Laura has jumped out of an airplane three times. On purpose! Maybe don’t tell her impressionable and highly cute kids. But life with LSR, as she is sometimes known, isn’t all plummeting through the heavens clutching a parachute. Sometimes she also surfs down volcanos — well, that was once, in Nicaragua, on assignment for the New York Times. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
The Jersey Shore native graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Ursinus College with majors in English and Communications Studies in 2000. After graduating, she worked in advertising in NYC, but quit after two years — and now we can get back to the superfun stuff — to travel for seven months around Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. In 2003, she and her husband Scott drove the entire length of Australia together. Their chariot was a pale yellow 1984 Ford Laser named Betsy.
With Scott, Laura co-founded the website Eat Your World, pairing their two greatest loves (before those little ones came along). She has written about travel and food for the New York Times, New York, Men’s Journal, AARP the Magazine, Draft, Rough Guides, Zagat and others. With OZY, Laura shares her singular talent for copyediting. She has worked as a copy editor for national publications and other companies including Men’s Journal, Maxim, O at Home and McKinsey & Co.
Laura has a rare eye for errors and a sophisticated understanding of grammar, style and the English language. She also speaks Spanish with a proficiency that ebbs and flows according to how much she’s traveling. Have we mentioned she likes to travel? (At this point, the count is 35-plus countries.)
LSR lives in one of the U.S.’s most diverse zip codes, in Jackson Heights, Queens.