Laura Rena Murray is a San Francisco-based investigative journalist covering public interest and accountability stories that highlight corruption, mismanagement or human rights violations. Her cross-border investigations have exposed resource deals brokered by corporate webs with pariah regimes throughout Africa and examined corporate land concessions in Southeast Asia that displaced tens of thousands in return for millions in investments.
Her reportage uncovered the life-threatening practice of illegal silicone injections among transgender women in New York City and uncovered the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of San Francisco when an influential social justice foundation was used to defraud donors of millions.
Her work has been published by the New York Times, Al Jazeera, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, Philadelphia Weekly, and the World Policy Journal. Her work has been recognized by the overseas Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative, Nation Institute, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the National Gay & Lesbian Journalism Association. Laura is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania and was Ragdale’s 2013 Alice Hayes Fellowship recipient.