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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. Garfield Fire Destroys Dance Teacher’s $300K Costume Collection

    Garfield Fire Destroys Dance Teacher’s $300K Costume Collection

    GARFIELD, N.J. – The community is rallying around a Garfield dance teacher whose home was devastated by a fire.Roberto Pagan “lost nearly everything in the fire, including over $300,000 worth of dance costumes,” according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds to “allow him to get his life and belongings back together.”Pagan is “an amazing individual, father, dance teacher and friends ...

  2. Saddle Brook Gains Four New Police Officers

    Saddle Brook Gains Four New Police Officers

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Saddle Brook is welcoming four new police officers.The officers graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy on Wednesday.“We welcome them to the Department and wish them safe and successful careers,” said Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White, who attended the ceremony along with Police Chief Robert Kugler.The new officers are: Officers Joseph Camilleri IV, Anthony ...

  3. Bergen Teens With Autism Collect Food For Saddle Brook Pantry

    Bergen Teens With Autism Collect Food For Saddle Brook Pantry

    WALDWICK, N.J. – Students with autism at The Forum School in Waldwick are working hard so friends and neighbors will not go hungry this winter.Students in the school’s Learning Independence For Tomorrow (LIFT) program are collecting food for the Center for Food Action (CFA), a Bergen County non-profit with a mission to prevent hunger and homelessness and improve the lives of individuals ...

  4. Bergen PBA Toy Drive Makes ‘Huge Difference’ For Kids At Valley Hospital

    Bergen PBA Toy Drive Makes ‘Huge Difference’ For Kids At Valley Hospital

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Katie Miller remembers how a pair of Beatz headphones and Apple products brightened the day of an 18-year-old receiving cancer treatment at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.“It was fantastic,” recalled Miller, a child life specialist and supervisor of community outreach and projects at the hospital.That moment was made possible through the annual Bergen County PBA Toy ...

  5. Former Englewood Mayor, Governors' Advisor Paul Fader Dies At 58

    Former Englewood Mayor, Governors' Advisor Paul Fader Dies At 58

    ENGLEWOOD, N.J. – Former Englewood Mayor Paul Fader died Monday. He was 58.Fader, an attorney who also served as chief counsel to Governors Richard J. Codey and James E. McGreevey, is survived by his wife, Jill, and children, Jack, Lucas, Morgan and Sydney.“Paul devoted himself and his career to the people of Bergen County and New Jersey and we are better for his service to all of us,” ...

  6. Lodi Football Star Lifts Viral Bullied Boy's Spirits

    Lodi Football Star Lifts Viral Bullied Boy's Spirits

    LODI, N.J. – University of Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, a Lodi native, now has “the little brother I always wanted.”The former Bergen Catholic star has bonded with Keaton Jones, a Tennessee middle school student who has been bullied in school.A video of Jones crying, describing how he has been bullied, went viral over the weekend. On Saturday, Guarantano tweeted that he and ...

  7. Hold My Knots, Kimchi Smoke Among Vendors Popping Up At Garden State Plaza

    Hold My Knots, Kimchi Smoke Among Vendors Popping Up At Garden State Plaza

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Holiday shoppers will be eating well at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus this year.Mall-goers will be able to “explore the tastes of Bergen County from the most exciting food concepts and personalities in our area,” according to the mall’s website.On Dec. 14, 15, 16 and Dec. 21, 22, 23 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., a number of vendors will be holding cooking demonstrations, ...

  8. REPORT: These 5 Bergen Towns Are Among 10 ‘Smartest’ In NJ

    REPORT: These 5 Bergen Towns Are Among 10 ‘Smartest’ In NJ

    TENAFLY, N.J. – Half of the ten “Smartest Cities” in New Jersey are in Bergen County, including Tenafly which comes in at number two, according to a new list released by Zippia.com.The website, dedicated to providing career insights to recent college graduates, used Census data to determine the braniacs around New Jersey.Analysts came up with the rankings by looking at data for the ...

  9. Northvale Girl With ‘Bright Smile’ Passes Away

    Northvale Girl With ‘Bright Smile’ Passes Away

    NORTHVALE, N.J. – Vivienne Knopp of Northvale passed away Tuesday.In April, 7-year-old Vivienne was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – an inoperable brain tumor found in the area of the brain stem responsible for controlling bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eyesight and balance.The Northvale community had rallied around Vivienne and her ...

  10. Record-Breaking Roller Coasters Coming To American Dream In East Rutherford

    Record-Breaking Roller Coasters Coming To American Dream In East Rutherford

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A pair of record-breaking roller coasters are slated to be built at American Dream Meadowlands megamall in East Rutherford.The coasters will be part of the indoor Nickelodeon Universe theme park.One, an intertwined Launched Euro-Fighter will boast the world record for the steepest roller coaster drop, while the other, a Spinning Coaster, will hold titles for the ...

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