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Lauren Kidd Ferguson

Community Reporter lkferguson@dailyvoice.com

Lauren Kidd Ferguson began her journalism career in 2004 as a statehouse reporter for Gannett New Jersey. She was a member of a team that covered state government and politics for seven daily newspapers throughout New Jersey. Her coverage of the McGreevey administration and young voters earned her the New Jersey Press Association’s award for best rookie reporter in the state. Lauren also served as a reporter for Gannett’s flagship New Jersey paper, the Asbury Park Press. She covered communities along the Jersey Shore, and won investigative reporting awards for writing about police brutality in Seaside Park. She has also worked as a speechwriter and spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, as well as a communications manager for Children’s Rights, a national advocacy organization that uses the law to reform foster care systems. Lauren graduated from the College of New Jersey. She grew up in Ringwood, and now calls Waldwick home. She believes everyone has a story to tell, and she’d love to hear yours.

Lauren Kidd Ferguson's Contributions

  1. National Spotlight Shines On Bergen Teacher Of Year

    National Spotlight Shines On Bergen Teacher Of Year

    HILLSDALE, N.J. – A music teacher at Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale is receiving national attention.Argine Safari, of Fort Lee, will be honored at the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. in February. She is also one of 38 public educators from throughout the country to receive the California Casualty Award ...

  2. Bill Clinton Is Coming To Paramus Tuesday

    Bill Clinton Is Coming To Paramus Tuesday

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Former President Bill Clinton will be in Paramus Tuesday.Clinton will be campaigning for Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee for New Jersey governor, at a get-out-the-vote rally at the electrician union’s local headquarters. Clinton is slated to speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the IBEW Local 164 headquarters on West Century Road.Murphy is facing Republican nominee Kim ...

  3. Bergen Catholic Star Turned NFL Wide Receiver To Play At MetLife Sunday

    Bergen Catholic Star Turned NFL Wide Receiver To Play At MetLife Sunday

    Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tanner McEvoy, a Hillsdale native, is coming home to Bergen County this weekend.McEvoy, 24, was a standout quarterback for the Bergen Catholic High School Crusaders, and will be playing at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford Sunday as the Seahawks take on the Giants.The Seahawks have a 3-2 record this season, while the Giants are 1-5.

  4. Watchdog: NJSPCA Takes Too Long To Respond To Animal-Cruelty Complaints

    Watchdog: NJSPCA Takes Too Long To Respond To Animal-Cruelty Complaints

    TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) fails to consistently respond to animal cruelty complaints in a timely manner and spends exorbitant sums on legal bills instead of direct care for animals, according to a report released Friday.The report is based on an investigation conducted by the State Commission of Investigation (SCI), New ...

  5. REPORT: Fort Lee, Hackensack Apartment Buildings Fail Federal Inspections

    REPORT: Fort Lee, Hackensack Apartment Buildings Fail Federal Inspections

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – Properties in Fort Lee, Hackensack and Paterson are among 23 in New Jersey that failed their last inspections from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), NJ.com reports.Thousands of low-income and elderly residents live in the nearly 2,500 units in the 23 HUD-subsidized properties, the story says.Buildings can fail the inspections for reasons such ...

  6. Family Seeks Handicapped Van For Moonachie Woman Left Homebound By Hit-Run

    Family Seeks Handicapped Van For Moonachie Woman Left Homebound By Hit-Run

    MOONACHIE, N.J. – The family of a Moonachie woman who was critically injured when she was struck by a pickup truck in Clifton is raising money for a handicapped vehicle.Annie Semioli was struck while crossing Route 46 in October 2015, and now only leaves the house when she has a doctor’s appointment and can be transported via ambulance, her sister, Gina, wrote on a GoFundMe page.The ...

  7. Bergen County Zoo In Paramus Welcomes Brother Mountain Lion Cubs

    Bergen County Zoo In Paramus Welcomes Brother Mountain Lion Cubs

    PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen County Zoo in Paramus has two new inhabitants.A pair of brother mountain lion cubs were welcomed to the zoo Friday.The cubs -- attained from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife – will not be on display for public viewing until spring when they are old enough to safely climb.“We are so excited to welcome these two brother mountain lion cubs to the ...

  8. Saddle Brook Goes Stigma-Free

    Saddle Brook Goes Stigma-Free

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Saddle Brook is the latest Bergen County municipality to go “Stigma-Free.”The initiative “is a county-wide program which aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness,” said Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White. “We will now be dedicated to raising awareness of the disease of mental illness and creating a culture wherein residents who have the disease feel ...

  9. Bisexual Miss Bergen County Uses Crown To Spread LGBTQ Awareness

    Bisexual Miss Bergen County Uses Crown To Spread LGBTQ Awareness

    NEW MILFORD, N.J. – Growing up, Disha Dass of New Milford experienced bullying first-hand.“Experiencing bullying and experiencing discrimination because of my identity as bisexual, it really shaped my perception of the world,” the newly-crowned Miss Bergen County told Daily Voice.But it also taught her a valuable lesson.“What I learned is that the more people got to know me and the more ...

  10. Bergen County Responds To Demand To Change Paramus Hospital's New Name

    Bergen County Responds To Demand To Change Paramus Hospital's New Name

    PARAMUS, N.J. – In response to a demand for Bergen County to change the new name of the former Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, county officials maintain the new name is perfectly suitable.“The County chose the name based on the historical significance of the location in Bergen County. The county is confident with the choice of name," County Spokeswoman Alicia ...

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