Laura Berger (Reporter)

At what moment did you realize you wanted to become a journalist (videographer, meteorologist, sports reporter, etc.)? And if there wasn't a specific point in time, what was the motivating factor?
When I started writing for my school paper in college. Although I was writing movie, music and TV reviews, I loved the process, the quick pace. Every day is different.

When you really want to relax and let your hair down in Lawrence, where do you go and what do you do?
Mass Street is always fun. I also like going to movies -- and getting in my car and just driving until I get lost.

What comes to your mind as the most memorable local story you've covered?
A story on Hospice care. Linda Sosa's brother was dying, and she came from Japan to care for him because there was no hospice home available here in Lawrence. Her story was moving and powerful. Her brother passed away the day after the story ran.

If you couldn't be a reporter, what occupation would you want to try?
Something in the film industry. Probably a producer. But if we're shooting big -- head of a studio.

Which two people do you admire most? One should be someone you know. The other, someone you've never met.
My mother and father. My mom is a print reporter, and I have learned so much from her on how to be a good journalist. My dad is the most generous person I know -- he would do anything for his family. The other is between Paul Newman -- not only is he an excellent actor, he is charitable and, of course, very handsome -- and David Letterman. I think he's a comedic genius and seems very down to earth.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one song to listen to and one book to read for the duration, what would they be?
Books: Catcher in the Rye and The Color Purple. Song: I can't choose. I'm not good with these kinds of final questions.

If they were going to execute you tomorrow, rightly or wrongly, what would your last meal consist of?
A steak, but very rare -- preferably bloody -- and apple pie with cinnamon ice cream.

Recent stories

They’re real: Southern Illinois’ Salukis are dogs with long history
March 22, 2007
Unless you’re a dog expert, Southern Illinois’ mascot, the Saluki, might sound every bit as made-up as the Jayhawk.
What exactly is a Saluki?
March 21, 2007
As we’re sure you know, KU faces Southern Illinois in the Sweet 16 tomorrow night, but do you know the opponent’s mascot?
Pinckney Elementary has Jayhawk fever
March 16, 2007
Every year for the last 16 years, once March Madness fever sweeps across town, the students of Pinckney Elementary pull out their Jayhawk banner and head to the streets of Lawrence.
Local animal shelter running out of space
March 15, 2007
This year, the Lawrence Humane Society is working hard to raise funds for its expansion project - and a big part of their campaign involves a St. Patrick’s Day Parade float.
KU still picking up the pieces from microburst
March 12, 2007
School officials have made headway on a lot of projects related to the March 12th, 2006 microburst, but there is still work to be done…
KU campus soon to be better for the environment and for those with disabilities
March 8, 2007
A new fleet of buses will soon arrive on the KU campus after student senators took an unusual step to get them approved.
Local restaurant features “mustard madness”
March 7, 2007
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Hispanic students urged to excel at KU seminar
February 21, 2007
Making the leap from a child of immigrants to college student isn’t always easy.
Summit helping Latinos attend college
February 20, 2007
For many Latino kids, they are the first generations born in the United States. Their parents did not go to college and these kids often do not have enough information to apply, until now.
Douglas County looking to increase compensation for election day volunteers
February 16, 2007
If you are volunteering to work the polls on election day, expect to get paid about 6 dollars an hour and work 14 hours a day. But one Douglas County clerk is trying to fix that.

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