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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 has earned first-place writing awards from the Society for Features Journalism. Her "My Old Dog" book, with photographs by Lori Fusaro, just won the Best Book Award from the Dog Writers Association of America.
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 Wann, their son, Tyler, their two senior dogs, Frida and Manny, and their rescued cat, Obi-Wann Catnobi. "My Old Dog" is her first book.