Laura Smythe is a reporter based in Philadelphia. She loves to travel and has backpacked through 26 countries across Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Laura earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism at Temple University, where she graduated in May 2019. She has reported on topics including addiction, sexual assault, immigration, youth programs, nonprofits, and more. Laura has reported for outlets including Philadelphia Gay News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, The Temple News, Generocity,  Technically, College Magazine, and Philadelphia Neighborhoods. Her work has won a Hearst Award and a Keystone Press Award, in addition to being nominated for two additional Hearst awards and qualifying as a finalist for eight EPPYs. Keep up with her by following @lcs_smythe on Twitter.