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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.

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  1. How Fair Lawn Millennial Won Beauty Pageant On First Try

    How Fair Lawn Millennial Won Beauty Pageant On First Try

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – Earlier this year, Ria Gulati of Fair Lawn wanted to venture outside her comfort zone.When she found out there was a pageant in her hometown, and the winner would go on to compete for Miss New Jersey, she thought: “Why not go for it?”Being that it would be her first pageant, the 22-year-old didn't expect to win the August competition.Boy, was she wrong. Gulati was ...

  2. Greg Olsen's Wayne Brother Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges

    Greg Olsen's Wayne Brother Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges

    WAYNE, N.J. – Former Wayne Hills star quarterback Kevin Olsen has pleaded not guilty to raping his ex-girlfriend, the New York Post reports.Olsen, who refused a plea deal for lesser charges, faces up to 10 years in prison on each of three rape charges against him, the story says.Olsen was arrested in February for allegedly attacking his former girlfriend in his apartment near the ...

  3. Saddle Brook Autism Advocate To Lead NJ Disability Pride Parade

    Saddle Brook Autism Advocate To Lead NJ Disability Pride Parade

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – A Saddle Brook autism advocate has been named grand marshal of the 2017 New Jersey Disability Pride Parade.Ryan Mathew Roy, who lives in Saddle Brook with his wife and young son, will lead hundreds of people representing a wide range of disabilities during the seventh annual march in Trenton.The purpose of the parade is to bring people, organizations and businesses ...

  4. Wayne Shop Sells Winning $50K Lottery Ticket

    Wayne Shop Sells Winning $50K Lottery Ticket

    WAYNE, N.J. – A winning $50,000 lottery tickets was recently sold in Wayne, lottery official announced Thursday.The ticket was sold at T-Bowl Smoke Shop, 1055 Hamburg Turnpike.The ticket matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball drawn for the Wednesday, Sept. 27th drawing.The winning numbers for the drawing were: : 08, 10, 21, 23 and 25. The Red Power Ball number was 22. ...

  5. Army Vet Brings Mobile Gym To Elmwood Park, Saddle Brook

    Army Vet Brings Mobile Gym To Elmwood Park, Saddle Brook

    CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. – Cliffside Park native Manny Gotay has long had a passion for fitness.“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t working out,” the U.S. Army veteran told Daily Voice.Gotay spent his spare time in the Army acting as a personal trainer. He left the military for the corporate world, continued to work out, and held onto a dream to explore fitness as a career.Twenty years ...

  6. Soul Food Café Opens In Hackensack

    Soul Food Café Opens In Hackensack

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – A new soul food restaurant opened in Hackensack this week.Paula’s Soul Food Café, which officially opened Monday, is the first soul food restaurant to open in the city in five years, according to the city."It's always great to see new businesses opening in our city as each one provides more jobs and opportunities for our residents and more commercial tax ...

  7. REPORT: Property Taxes ‘Hurt Least’ In These Bergen, Passaic Towns

    REPORT: Property Taxes ‘Hurt Least’ In These Bergen, Passaic Towns

    MAHWAH, N.J. – New Jersey residents pay the highest property taxes in the U.S., but the burden may hurt less in some municipalities – such as Mahwah and West Milford -- than others, NJ.com reports.The publication compared property taxes to median household income to derive the municipalities in each county where property taxes “hurt the least.” “The smaller bite the property taxes take ...

  8. Paramus Army Veteran Richard Martin Dies

    Paramus Army Veteran Richard Martin Dies

    PARAMUS, N.J. – U.S. Army veteran Richard O. Martin, of Paramus, died Sunday. He was 74.Martin was born in Teaneck and raised in Ridgewood. In 1967 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and deployed to South Vietnam. He was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and volunteered to be assigned to the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Company attached to the division. Martin was wounded by ...

  9. Bergen, Passaic Soccer Players Kick It For Wyckoff Teen Battling Cancer

    Bergen, Passaic Soccer Players Kick It For Wyckoff Teen Battling Cancer

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Soccer teams from throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties are kicking the ball for a good cause this season: to raise funds for a Wyckoff player fighting cancer.Ben Landel, a multi-sport athlete at Ramapo High School in Wyckoff, was diagnosed with a rare and powerful cancer in May, and has since gone through five rounds of chemotherapy, and is showing progress.Last month, ...

  10. Students Take Paterson Fashion Through Decades To The Catwalk

    Students Take Paterson Fashion Through Decades To The Catwalk

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – For the past few months, members of Berkeley College’s Fashion Club in Woodland Park have been hard at work.They have been researching fashions from different time periods, collecting garments and accessories and preparing looks.“We are working really hard for people to see what we’re creating,” said the club’s president, Palenia Pichardo, of Paterson.It will all ...

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