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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. Elmwood Park Students Rally For Rare Disease Fighters

    Elmwood Park Students Rally For Rare Disease Fighters

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – Students, teachers and staff throughout the Elmwood Park School District wore black and white for a good cause.On Tuesday, the school community raised awareness on National Rare Disease Day, and raised money to benefit a local non-profit – Rare is Beautiful.“The participation was amazing,” said Denise Ingui, a secretary at 16th Avenue School. “It makes you ...

  2. Saddle Brook To Honor ‘Outstanding’ Women For Giving Back

    Saddle Brook To Honor ‘Outstanding’ Women For Giving Back

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – In commemoration of National Women’s History Month, a group of women who have given back to the Saddle Brook community will be honored at Tuesday’s council meeting.“These awards are public acknowledgement of success and excellence and provide visibility to the recipients,” said Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White. “The women selected are role models for other women to ...

  3. Sons With Rare Disease Inspire Elmwood Park Dad's Journey To Capitol Hill

    Sons With Rare Disease Inspire Elmwood Park Dad's Journey To Capitol Hill

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – On the last day of February for the past few years, Jeff Leider has been in the same place: Washington, D.C.And he has been doing the same thing: advocating for children battling rare diseases.The Elmwood Park father made his annual trip to the nation’s capital Monday, in preparation for Tuesday, National Rare Disease Day. “I am just trying to get these kids ...

  4. Mola Boulevard Dedicated In Memory of Longtime Elmwood Park Mayor

    Mola Boulevard Dedicated In Memory of Longtime Elmwood Park Mayor

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – Elmwood Park officials unveiled a street sign for “Mola Boulevard” Sunday, the day that would have been longtime Mayor Richard A. Mola’s 81st birthday.The name of the main thoroughfare that cuts through the town was officially changed from Boulevard.Mola passed away in October at the age of 80. At the time of his death, he had served for 45 years as Mayor of Elmwood ...

  5. Young Wyckoff Cancer Fighter Pays It Forward

    Young Wyckoff Cancer Fighter Pays It Forward

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – The Salmins family is on a mission.“It is our turn to pay it forward now,” said Sherry Salmins, whose 9-year-old daughter Rebecca is in remission after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just before her 7th birthday.Salmins, of Wyckoff, said from the time Rebecca was diagnosed “our community has been ridiculously amazing … We had people dropping food off ...

  6. From Mahwah To Manhattan, Ramapoughs Rally For Clean Water

    From Mahwah To Manhattan, Ramapoughs Rally For Clean Water

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation traveled to Manhattan Thursday to urge New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to remove the city’s assets from banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.The Ramapoughs – including Chief Dwaine Perry – joined others representing groups such as the American Indian Law Alliance and the NYC American Indian Community House at a rally on the ...

  7. Loss Of Young Lives Gets Oakland Talking Mental Health

    Loss Of Young Lives Gets Oakland Talking Mental Health

    OAKLAND, N.J. – In the past four years, at least five Oakland young people have died from drug overdoses or suicide, according to resident Caron McCormick.“I have a daughter who is 13, a son who is 11, and I am thinking I am going to be sitting at that 8th grade graduation and wondering, ‘Which one of these kids isn’t going to be here in four years?’” said McCormick, co-founder of a ...

  8. Saddle Brook Students Answer Call To Give Back

    Saddle Brook Students Answer Call To Give Back

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – In their years at Saddle Brook High School, students Ryan Cali, Jaelene Palao and Sean Roberts have been involved in all types of activities.But nothing quite like their latest.The trio are members of the school’s new Community Partnership Club – a branch of a township-wide initiative aimed at linking vulnerable residents in need of assistance with volunteers and ...

  9. Drivers Honk For Ramsey Gun Range Protesters

    Drivers Honk For Ramsey Gun Range Protesters

    RAMSEY, N.J. – About 15 demonstrators stood outside Ramsey Borough Hall Wednesday morning waving homemade signs with statements like “No Gun Range In Ramsey,” and “Keep Ramsey Safe.”And Chance Parker, executive director of Ramsey United, said it wouldn't be the last time. "We are going to make this a routine exercise," he said.“We want to draw awareness and exposure to the ...

  10. Mahwah's Ramapo Students Push For Sanctuary Campus

    Mahwah's Ramapo Students Push For Sanctuary Campus

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Some students at Ramapo College of New Jersey are advocating to make their Mahwah school a “sanctuary campus.”“This is something that I feel strongly about, especially because the very fabric of American society is based on immigrants and the notion of the melting pot,” said Karlito Almeda, a first generation American from Mahwah.Karlito, whose parents immigrated from the ...

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