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Laura Coffey


Appearing courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star

Laura T. Coffey is a self-avowed dog nut and author of the best-selling non-fiction book "My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts." A journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile, human-interest stories for the website of NBC's TODAY show since 2008.

Hallmarks of Laura’s work are her authentic voice, her compassion, and her ability to get out of the way and let story subjects shine. In recent years, Laura earned first-place writing awards from the Society for Features Journalism and the Dog Writers Association of America, and headline-writing awards from the American Copy Editors Society.

Before she joined TODAY.com, Laura worked as a reporter, columnist, and editor for msnbc.com (now NBCNews.com), social issues editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, deputy business editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune (now U-T San Diego), managing editor of The Prague Post in the Czech Republic, a reporter and editor at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, a reporter at the Peninsula Clarion in Alaska, and a reporter and columnist for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in Florida. Her work also has appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, PBS NewsHour Online, Best Friends magazine, and many other publications.

Laura lives in Seattle with her husband, Michael, their son, Tyler, and their two senior dogs, Frida and Manny. "My Old Dog" is her first book.

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Scheduled events:
Rescuing Animals
Two animal rescue advocates discuss how their respective memoirs grew out of their experiences helping the creatures they care about passionately.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Andrew Bloomfield, Laura Coffey
Moderator: Gina Murphy-Darling
Dogs, Wild and Working
From house pets, to heroes, to iconic symbol of the wild, dogs are a constant presence in our lives. Three authors discuss the variety of ways dogs and humans interact.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Animals
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Laura Coffey, Dan Flores, Maria Goodavage
Moderator: Randy Peterson
No Dog Should Die Alone
After a cross-country trek in search of great dog stories, Laura Coffey, a journalist with more than 25 years experience, explores the benefits and joys of picking an older pet with her book "My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts."

Arizona Daily Star Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Animals
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Laura Coffey
Moderator: Inger Sandal
Cats vs. Dogs
Pet owners often define themselves as “dog people” or “cat people,” but are they really so different? A group of animal experts examine feline foibles, canine characteristics, and the traits that make us love them so.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Animals
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Laura Coffey, Maria Goodavage, Pam Johnson-Bennett, Thomas McNamee
Moderator: Mary Holden

Book:
My Old Dog
Animals
New World Library
September 2015
ISBN 9781608683406
Hardcover, 256 pages
$24.95, INSTOCK
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