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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. Ringwood Man Pours Energy Into Revamping Old Forge Pub

    Ringwood Man Pours Energy Into Revamping Old Forge Pub

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – When Matt Van Allen made his daily trek from his Ringwood home to his pharmaceutical job in Princeton, the Old Forge Spirits & Pub was the last restaurant or bar he would see in the morning before 80 miles of highway.And it was the first he’d see after getting off Route 287 on his commute back home.Van Allen saw opportunity in the location on Skyline Drive – which ...

  2. Seniors Invite Passaic Residents ‘Who Care About The Future' To Rally

    Seniors Invite Passaic Residents ‘Who Care About The Future' To Rally

    POMPTON PLAINS, N.J. – Pat Thaler has always been a political activist.“I’ve been to Washington on many marches, anti-war, pro-choice, and so on,” she told Daily Voice.But at 84 years old, she doesn’t have “the energy” to travel to participate in the upcoming Women’s March on Washington, she said. The march is expected to draw thousands to the nation’s capital this Saturday, the day ...

  3. Hockey Community To Pay Tribute To Late Player In Wayne

    Hockey Community To Pay Tribute To Late Player In Wayne

    OAKLAND, N.J. – The Oakland ice hockey community will be remembering one of their own on Friday.David and Jill Altana – the parents of Michael Altana who passed away at just 14 – will be presented with an Indian Hills Braves jersey with their son’s name and the number 45 – his longtime hockey number.“He would have been a senior this year, and he played hockey, so we thought it would be ...

  4. Coach Shapes Paterson Boy Into Jiu-Jitsu Phenom

    Coach Shapes Paterson Boy Into Jiu-Jitsu Phenom

    TOTOWA, N.J. – Jalen Mitchell may only be 10 years old, but he is already taking the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world by storm.The 4th grader at School 25 in Paterson is the first youth national Jiu-Jitsu champion from the city.“I like competing,” Jalen said before a recent training session at his gym, Unity School of Jiu-Jitsu – New Jersey, in Totowa.Jalen’s father, Naji Mitchell, credits ...

  5. Progressive Women Find Leader In Wyckoff Mom Who Worked For Trump

    Progressive Women Find Leader In Wyckoff Mom Who Worked For Trump

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Before Erin Chung became a stay-at-home mom raising three children in Wyckoff, she had another job.For more than five years, she worked for President-Elect Donald Trump, as marketing manager for the Miss Universe organization. She flew on his plane with him and stayed in his children’s private suite at his Mar-a-Lago Florida estate, she said.But “my whole time working ...

  6. Teen With Rare Disease Inspires Elmwood Park To Run For Awareness

    Teen With Rare Disease Inspires Elmwood Park To Run For Awareness

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – A few years ago, Denise and Sal Ingui didn’t know the signs of Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome.How would they?After all, it is estimated that just one in every 300,000 people have the rare genetic disease.Then in 2015, they learned their daughter Dee Dee was one of them.The disease affects the gene that suppresses tumor growth and greatly increases the risk of cancer when ...

  7. Wayne Gym-Goers Welcome At New High-Tech Club

    Wayne Gym-Goers Welcome At New High-Tech Club

    RAMSEY, N.J. – Ramsey’s newest gym thrives on technology.Touchscreens allow members to choose virtual classes — like zumba, yoga, pilates and barre — then follow along with instructors who appear on a huge screen.Same goes for spinning. Want to cycle through France, South Africa or California? Choose your destination on the touchscreen, and your guided tour will appear on the big ...

  8. Garfield Artist's Canvases Are Her Clients

    Garfield Artist's Canvases Are Her Clients

    GARFIELD, N.J. – When Erika Galloza started doing makeup and body art a year ago, she wanted to showcase her creativity.Armed with a cell phone camera and a window where the perfect light came into her Garfield home at exactly 3 p.m. every afternoon, her @erika.fx Instagram account was born.Galloza now has nearly 43,000 followers who get to see her creativity at work.“Everyone’s face is ...

  9. Late Oakland Woman Inspires Son's Dog Park Dream

    Late Oakland Woman Inspires Son's Dog Park Dream

    OAKLAND, N.J. – As eighth-graders at Oakland’s Valley Middle School, Ryan Schwertfeger and his classmates were tasked with doing projects to benefit the community.Some kids picked up litter. Others volunteered at food banks. Schwertfeger's mother suggested he try to get a dog park in town.  That was eight years ago. And he is still at it.“Most people with their projects, they did it, ...

  10. Paterson's Lone Theater To Screen 'Paterson' The Movie This Month

    Paterson's Lone Theater To Screen 'Paterson' The Movie This Month

    PATERSON, N.J. – Movie-goers will soon have the opportunity to view the film “Paterson” in the same city where it was set and shot.According to a report on Northjersey.com, Paterson’s only movie theater, the Fabian 8, will be showing the film for a week starting on Friday, Jan. 27.“It’s phenomenal that we’re getting it. The movie puts Paterson on the map. This is the best place to come ...

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