In this episode, Ashley interviews her longest journalist friend Laura Figueroa Hernandez, a White House correspondent for News Day. Listen in as Laura recounts what led her to pursue a career in journalism and why politics became her focus. During the interview, she takes us through a typical day in her work life, revealing the challenges and rewards of covering the highest levels of government. Don't miss this insightful and informative podcast episode with Laura!
In this episode, you’ll learn about:
9:11 What it’s like to be a White House correspondent
13:02 Some of Laura’s most memorable moments from reporting from the White House
17:01 How Laura has weathered many challenging economic times in the news industry
20:52 Laura’s advice for writers who want to report on politics
24:18 Why fact-checking is essential for any writer
27:06 How to uncover unique story angles
31:03 How Laura kicks writer’s block to the curb
Laura Figueroa Hernandez is a White House Correspondent for Newsday, a New York-based news outlet. She has covered both the Trump and Biden White Houses. Before joining Newsday's Washington Bureau, Laura worked as a political reporter for the outlet for five years covering everything from state to congressional races, New York City Hall, and the 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to Newsday, Laura worked as a staff reporter for The Miami Herald, which she dreamed of working for since high school. At the Herald, Laura started off as a local government reporter but her reporting also took her to Haiti, Honduras, Cuba, and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Laura's first job in journalism was as a reporter for The Bradenton Herald in Southwest Florida. Her work covering the area's migrant farmworker community was awarded by The Florida Press Club and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. She is a proud graduate of the University of Florida's School of Journalism and Mass Communications and currently resides in Washington D.C., with her husband and their two children.
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