Laura McCamy

5514 Doyle Street #10 Emeryville, CA 94608

Professional Experience

During my successful freelance career, I've written about everything from sales tax on bagels (yes, we're looking at you, NYC) to the most walkable neighborhoods in Oakland to the fight to raise the minimum wage. As a reporter for Oakland Local, my widely-shared reporting covered neighborhood development, real estate, business, city planning, and politics. While reporting for Oakland Local, I received a fellowship for a highly-praised series on seniors and gentrification in Oakland. I've interviewed everyone from elected officials to the homeless. I've also reported for Momentum, a national bicycle lifestyle magazine. Bicycles are one of my passions. As a contributor to the Quick Books Small Business blog, I interviewed entrepreneurs, financial advisors, and business experts to create actionable content for small business owners. At the Avalara TrustFile blog, I used a bit of humor to help e-commerce businesses understand sales taxes. My other clients have included nonprofits, B2B e-commerce companies,


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Newspaper - Community
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Total Media Industry Experience

8 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Oakland Local (10+), Momentum Magazine (10+), LiveWorkOakland (3-5), GreenBiz (1-2), Oakland Police Beat (1-2), UrbandBound (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

QuickBooks (10+), Avalara TrustFile (10+)

Other Work History

Before becoming a full-time freelance writer, I worked for many years as a paralegal, both in law firms and for nonprofits. This is where I cut my teeth as an investigator and researcher. I also ran my own business making and selling a line of screen-printed clothing.

Technical Skills

Database design (FileMaker). Experienced at FOIA and California public information requests.

Computer Skills

I'm a FileMaker Pro database designer. I've used Excel spreadsheets and FileMaker databases to aggregate and analyze data on multiple projects.


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New America Media and Gerontological Society fellowship for reporting on seniors, 2014-2015.


magazine feature

You know that riding a bicycle saves gas and contributes to a greener environment, but how did that bicycle come to be? An examination of the environmental impact of bicycle manufacturing and design with some surprising conclusions.

news article

Oakland's Chinatown offers resources and a strong community that help seniors age in place.
Seniors living on fixed incomes feel the squeeze from a tight housing market.

blog post