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
More couples to say, 'I do' as wedding industry recovers Lauren Gilger March 4, 2022
How poetry can help navigate times of war and conflict Lauren Gilger March 2, 2022
Preschool working to protect kids from COVID-19 Lauren Gilger Feb. 28, 2022
Mesa Starbucks becomes 1st outside New York to unionize Lauren Gilger
Associated Press
Feb. 25, 2022
They struggled with addiction. Now they’re trying to stop fentanyl deaths Lauren Gilger Feb. 24, 2022
The 2020 Arizona audit is still underway. Here's what is happening in 2022 Lauren Gilger, Ben Giles Feb. 24, 2022
This Valley designer made covers for the self-help books he wishes were real Lauren Gilger Feb. 23, 2022
Why Marines turned to cross-border human smuggling Lauren Gilger Feb. 22, 2022
The term 'Papago' is all over the Valley. The Tohono O’odham wish it would disappear Lauren Gilger Feb. 22, 2022
Senate waives spending cap for K-12 schools days before deadline Mark Brodie, Lauren Gilger
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Feb. 21, 2022
How a pediatrician is trying to convince parents to vaccinate their young kids Lauren Gilger Feb. 21, 2022
How issues of invalid sacraments were handled in the past Lauren Gilger Feb. 18, 2022
LDS church supports LGBTQ rights. But it wasn't always that way Lauren Gilger Feb. 17, 2022
Will Humble thinks it's time to loosen some mask rules Lauren Gilger Feb. 17, 2022
How some cities are getting innovative to deal with the housing crisis Lauren Gilger Feb. 16, 2022
Why this nonprofit leader isn't giving up on free community college Lauren Gilger Feb. 15, 2022
Arizona GOP leaders take a first step to avoid more than $1.1 billion in school spending cuts Mark Brodie, Lauren Gilger
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Feb. 14, 2022
How the pandemic has tested — and ended — friendships Lauren Gilger Feb. 14, 2022
These were the most memorable 2022 Super Bowl ads Lauren Gilger Feb. 14, 2022
Miss Navajo 2001 shares her pageant experience in new children's book Lauren Gilger Feb. 11, 2022
Advocates push for 2 new election initiatives for 2022 ballot Lauren Gilger Feb. 10, 2022
Tempe's Ash Avenue still feels like a trip back in time Lauren Gilger Feb. 10, 2022
This shop preserves the history of Phoenix's Japanese flower gardens Lauren Gilger Feb. 9, 2022
How plans for a Turning Point USA school fell apart Lauren Gilger Feb. 9, 2022
These fashions revolve around AZ's 5 Cs, and you can knit them yourself Lauren Gilger Feb. 8, 2022