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
Bit parts and scene stealers: Author shares legacy of Chicano, Chicana actors Lauren Gilger Dec. 26, 2023
While some miss the mark, movies and TV showing the diverse West are having a renaissance Lauren Gilger Dec. 26, 2023
How 2 Valley nonprofits are trying to build up their volunteers after COVID, long-term decline Lauren Gilger Dec. 20, 2023
One-third of school requests for counselors go unfunded after funding goes to SROs first Lauren Gilger Dec. 20, 2023
How college students will be affected by new voting laws passed in AZ Lauren Gilger Dec. 20, 2023
A Christmas playlist full of non-traditional holiday songs Lauren Gilger Dec. 19, 2023
2023 was a bellwether year for heat. What does that mean for the future? Lauren Gilger Dec. 19, 2023
Same-sex marriage isn't settled on the Navajo Nation. Here's why Lauren Gilger Dec. 19, 2023
University of Arizona marching band awarded the Sudler Trophy Lauren Gilger, Mark Brodie Dec. 18, 2023
Díaz: Biden shouldn't use deportation as a bargaining chip Lauren Gilger Dec. 18, 2023
COVID deaths down, heat-related deaths spike in 2023 Lauren Gilger Dec. 18, 2023
All the biggest stakeholders met on how to save the Colorado River. Here's what they discussed Lauren Gilger Dec. 18, 2023
Why an arts administrator-turned drag queen decided to stay in Phoenix Lauren Gilger Dec. 14, 2023
This filmmaker got his conservative parents to talk about their passion project: Prosthetic nipples Lauren Gilger Dec. 14, 2023
Here's what it's like to be a school resource officer in AZ Lauren Gilger Dec. 13, 2023
Boys Choir's director says the group saved his life Lauren Gilger Dec. 13, 2023
Arizona just got $500,000 for passenger rail. This expert says it could cost $10 billion Lauren Gilger Dec. 12, 2023
Hobbs wants federal government to pay for sending troops to Lukeville Lauren Gilger Dec. 12, 2023
Díaz and Boas: Texas should get ready for backlash on immigration bill Lauren Gilger Dec. 11, 2023
Author argues the historical myths of the West are destructive, even today Lauren Gilger Dec. 8, 2023
Book sheds new light on Mollie Moon, socialite and economic strategist for the Civil Rights Movement Lauren Gilger Dec. 7, 2023
More Americans are saying larger families are ideal, survey shows Lauren Gilger Dec. 7, 2023
Lukeville closure could lead to an economic domino effect Lauren Gilger Dec. 7, 2023
Many started as Christmas trees. Now the Valley's big Aleppo pines are in decline Lauren Gilger Dec. 6, 2023
How the Lukeville Port of Entry closure will affect tourism in Rocky Point Lauren Gilger Dec. 6, 2023

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