Montpelier, VT – VTDigger.org, the online news daily covering Vermont politics and policy, today announced that Laura Krantz will be joining the nonprofit news organization’s four member reporting team on Jan. 13. She will cover criminal justice issues, starting with coverage of the Vermont House and Senate Judiciary committees.
Krantz comes to VTDigger from MetroWest Daily, a Gatehouse Media newspaper based in Framingham, Mass. In November, she won the 2013 Morley Piper First Amendment Award from the New England Newspaper & Press Association for her investigation of the Ashland Police Department. In the wake of her reporting, the department’s police chief was recently ousted and a sergeant was indicted.
In comments about her work, the judges for the association wrote that Krantz’s “relentless reporting and frequent use of public-records laws allowed her to dig through the layers of the police morass and tell readers what was going on.”
Anne Galloway, editor of VTDigger, said Laura also has experience in data reporting and multimedia storytelling — and a knack for old-fashioned shoe leather reporting.
“Laura is a dogged journalist who is adept at fact-driven reporting and data analysis,” Galloway said. “She also has a passion for VTDigger’s mission to strengthen investigative journalism in Vermont, and give readers the deeper stories they need to be truly informed citizens. She will fit right in with our team, and we’re thrilled to welcome her.”
At MetroWest Daily, Krantz was a statehouse reporter and covered education, crime, the environment and transportation.
“I am honored to join such a skilled team at VTDigger and eager to get to work,” Krantz said.
Krantz is a 2010 graduate of Boston University where she studied comparative religion and was a columnist for the Daily Free Press.
VTDigger.org is a statewide news website that publishes watchdog reports on state government, politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy. VTDigger’s mission is to provide consistent delivery of in-depth reports on matters of public interest and to serve as a catalyst for more open debates on key issues that impact Vermonters’ daily lives. The organization, which was founded in September 2009, publishes new content six days a week, Sunday through Friday. VTDigger.org is a project of The Vermont Journalism Trust, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.