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.