Lauren Gilger

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Lauren Gilger is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized. She is dedicated to building community through storytelling and believes everyone has a story to tell.

Gilger worked as an investigative producer and reporter for ABC15 News in Phoenix after earning her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2011, where she was named Outstanding Graduate Student.

She was the recipient of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2013 after her work forced one of the world’s largest automakers to recall more than 700,000 SUVs.

Her work has uncovered the systemic separation of immigrant families in the detention system, put pressure on the FDA to review a controversial form of birth control that has injured women worldwide, and exposed the backlog of untested rape kits in the country’s sixth-largest metro area.

In the Valley, Gilger has worked as a contributor for the Phoenix New Times and a clerk at the East Valley Tribune. Nationally, her work has appeared in the Washington Post and on ABC’s Nightline.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Fordham University, studying French, visual arts and American Catholic studies.

Journalism is in Gilger’s blood. She grew up in newsrooms as her mother worked at newspapers across the country.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
NewsCap: How Hobbs, GOP Legislature got things done Lauren Gilger Aug. 4, 2023
New podcast is on-the-ground approach at national parks Lauren Gilger Aug. 3, 2023
Arizona's social equity licenses have largely gone to corporate interests Lauren Gilger Aug. 2, 2023
Navajo Nation declares a state of emergency due to heat Lauren Gilger Aug. 2, 2023
What a real-life archeologist thinks about Indiana Jones Lauren Gilger, Nick Sanchez Aug. 1, 2023
Why AZ has had a prolonged wildfire season this year Lauren Gilger Aug. 1, 2023
What Phoenix Mayor Gallego told the president about fighting urban heat Lauren Gilger Aug. 1, 2023
BBC Look Ahead: A Russian missile attack over Zelensky's hometown Lauren Gilger July 31, 2023
A monarch butterfly's spots may be key to its migration Lauren Gilger July 31, 2023
Arizona among states expanding postpartum coverage on Medicaid Lauren Gilger July 31, 2023
Legislature returns to session with Prop. 400's future on the agenda Lauren Gilger, Ben Giles
Bob Christie/Capitol Media Services
July 31, 2023
Queer historian uncovers the West's transgender past Lauren Gilger July 26, 2023
Historic Tucson neighborhood besieged by roof rats Lauren Gilger July 25, 2023
Arizona's extreme heat could be a problem for electric car batteries Lauren Gilger July 24, 2023
NewsCap: Politics takes center stage ahead of election Lauren Gilger July 21, 2023
Phoenix bagel shop became an overnight hot spot Lauren Gilger July 21, 2023
Chef Michael Babcock left Arizona food scene at the top Lauren Gilger July 20, 2023
Thirst Gap: Agriculture's tough breakup with Colorado River water Lauren Gilger
Luke Runyon/KUNC
July 20, 2023
West Valley development has history of tensions Lauren Gilger, Nick Sanchez July 19, 2023
Summer could make or break blockbusters at theaters Lauren Gilger July 19, 2023
Easier access to birth control 'a long time coming' Lauren Gilger July 19, 2023
The latest AZ campaign finance reports are in. How the big races stacking up Lauren Gilger July 19, 2023
Nogales International editor says goodbye to the paper Lauren Gilger July 18, 2023
Feminism is redefining itself in a post-Roe world Lauren Gilger July 18, 2023
BBC Look Ahead: U.S. climate envoy visits China Lauren Gilger July 17, 2023