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
How one writer is bringing diversity to holiday movies Lauren Gilger Dec. 13, 2021
The playbook that propelled AZ Dems to statewide wins Lauren Gilger Dec. 13, 2022
La Campesina remembers Mexican music icon Vicente Fernández 1 year after his death Lauren Gilger Dec. 12, 2022
Why this Valley graphic designer left his career to become a nurse Lauren Gilger Dec. 12, 2022
Ankle bone reveals one species of parrot used to call Arizona its home Lauren Gilger Dec. 8, 2022
Santa Cruz County's sheriff criticizes Ducey's shipping container wall Lauren Gilger Dec. 8, 2022
WNBA star Brittney Griner freed in U.S.-Russia prisoner swap Lauren Gilger, Mark Brodie
Associated Press
Dec. 8, 2022
Chef Elizabeth Meinz’s Beejon honey mustard Lauren Gilger Dec. 7, 2022
Lee Griffo's sister's murder was featured on a crime show. Years later, it's still painful Lauren Gilger Dec. 7, 2022
Marijuana legalization forces Mexican drug cartels to pivot Lauren Gilger Dec. 7, 2022
It's not just athletes. Domestic violence survivors impacted by brain injuries Lauren Gilger Dec. 6, 2022
'Anthropology of Star Trek' teaches NAU students much more than sci-fi Lauren Gilger Dec. 6, 2022
An ancient Navajo process is used to make this organic baby food Lauren Gilger Dec. 5, 2022
Handmade bagels at Copper Star Coffee: Made in Arizona Lauren Gilger Dec. 1, 2022
How Supreme Court's ruling over ICE priorities could impact deportations Lauren Gilger Dec. 1, 2022
Artist turns butterflies into portraits of murdered or abused Indigenous women Amber Victoria Singer, Lauren Gilger Dec. 1, 2022
Pima County recommends masking again as COVID-19 cases rise Lauren Gilger Nov. 30, 2022
Catholic to Mormon: Why Latinos are joining LDS church Lauren Gilger Nov. 30, 2022
Native chef Mario Etsitty shares Diné creation stories Lauren Gilger Nov. 30, 2022
What the legal, political fallout could be in Cochise County Lauren Gilger, Ben Giles Nov. 29, 2022
Voting in Phoenix continues as 2 races face runoffs Lauren Gilger Nov. 29, 2022
Phoenix Art Museum welcomes 1st curator for local art Lauren Gilger Nov. 29, 2022
Makeup historian Sara Long links eyebrow trends to sexual politics Lauren Gilger Nov. 28, 2022
Despite mixed results from midterms, election denialism remains strong in AZ Lauren Gilger Nov. 28, 2022
Hobbs plans to work through partisan divide on issues that Arizonans care about Lauren Gilger, Ben Giles Nov. 28, 2022