Laura Smythe is a freelance reporter based in Philadelphia. She loves to travel and has backpacked through 26 countries across Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Laura is currently in the process of earning a Bachelor’s degree in journalism at Temple University. She has reported on topics including addiction, sexual assault, immigration, youth programs, nonprofits, and more. Laura has reported for outlets including Philadelphia Magazine, The Temple News, Generocity, College Magazine, and Philadelphia Neighborhoods. Her work has been nominated for two Hearst awards and has been a finalist for eight EPPY awards. Keep up with her by following @lcs_smythe on Twitter.