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An award-winning writer specializing in community-driven storytelling, Lora has written for The Atlantic, Washington City Paper, the PBS NewsHour, Marquette Magazine, BroadwayWorld.com, PoliticsPA.com, Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Army News Service, BizTech Magazine and more.  

 

Straddling the digital revolution and more traditional newsgathering, Lora’s editing skills center on finding ways to use new media -- from Instagram to Substack to short-form video -- to engage audiences in real-time, to serve communities often left out of traditional mainstream news, and to build more trusting relationships between the people and the Fourth Estate. 

 

Since 2019, Lora has leveraged her writing savvy and engagement expertise at The Atlantic. As an associate editor on the digital team, she revitalized the legacy magazine’s visual and community-generated storytelling strategy on Instagram; cultivating one of its most diverse and actively-engaged readerships. Today, the platform has more than 1 million followers and has served as an expert resource -- cutting through social media clutter and misinformation -- on the Black Lives Matter movement, the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 election. Dedicated to cross-platform collaboration, Lora also reports for the magazine’s website, newsletters and app. 

 

Lora honed her knack for digital-first reporting at the PBS NewsHour, where she expanded the organization’s “Twitter Chat” series. By eliminating barriers between audiences and the expert reporting needed to inform their decisions, these weekly online-only Q&As between sources and audiences explored new ideas about climate change, #MeToo, workplace discrimination, opioid addiction, racial equity and more. 

 

Lora graduated cum laude with a degree in Journalism and French from the Temple University School of Media and Communications where she was a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society. As a 2013 Ron Brown Scholar, Lora is always looking to uplift her fellow Black voices. Dedicated to the truthful representation of the world in which we live, Lora's greatest strength as a writer and editor is her passion for the people, places and things that shape our lives.