Lauren Leathers is a writer, editor, and storyteller. She is comfortable with new technology and thrives in both independent and collaborative work. She has experience in a variety of work including short and long form storytelling, breaking news reporting, copy editing, digital content creation, editorial strategy, and more.
Currently, she is a content strategist for the University of Georgia’s College of Education. Perennially ranked among the nation’s top research-extensive institutes, the College continues to be a center for innovative research, teaching, and service projects of local, national and international interest.
For a brief time (Aug. – Sept. 2019) she worked as the part-time web editor at Georgia Public Broadcasting before accepting a full-time position at UGA. Acting as the final line of defense, she edited all web content on GPB News before it is published. Additionally, she contributed content to the website.
Lauren previously worked as the music and events editor at ARTS ATL (2018-19), a nonprofit publication created when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reduced its cultural coverage. Two of AJC’s top art critics founded the publication to continue igniting deeper conversation about the arts in Atlanta. She oversaw all music coverage, maintained a clean homepage to the music section, completed the weekly calendar, and assisted in the redevelopment and relaunch of the website. Additionally, she coordinated and launched the publication’s first internship program in summer of 2019.
In 2017-18 worked as the events editor at Creative Loafing Atlanta. CL has been an iconic Atlanta tastemaker since 1972. She edited the event and culture sections, completed daily newsletters (5 Things To Do), met with various members of Atlanta community to gather information on upcoming events, and contributed to the music and food sections frequently. In addition to her editorial duties, she curated local musicians to perform Live From the Archives, hired and managed editorial interns, and held the intern orientation.
She’s freelanced with various publications in Atlanta including Creative Loafing, ARTS ATL, Atlanta magazine, Marietta Daily Journal, Atlanta INTown, Flagpole Magazine, Cobb County Courier and WABE’s Atlanta PlanIT.
Lauren received her bachelor’s from Kennesaw State University in journalism and emerging media in December 2017. During her time at KSU, she contributed to all sections (arts & living, news, sports, and opinion) of the student-run newspaper, The Sentinel, and was president of KSU’s chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.
In her free time, she enjoys attending to local music and arts events, traveling, spending time with her family, and reading classic literature.