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laura@lauratolley.com About Laura

Laura has more than 25 years’ experience in journalism, public relations and communications. She works for a range of clients that include public entities, private companies, non-profits and institutions of higher education. Laura’s work combines smart research, effective storytelling and targeted messaging.

Before jumping out on her own and establishing LT Communications, Laura was an award-winning reporter and editor who worked for the Associated Press, the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. She covered the Branch Davidian siege and other “only in Texas” news stories as an AP reporter and followed then-Gov. George W. Bush as the Express-News’ capitol bureau chief. As state editor for the Houston Chronicle, she directed coverage of the space shuttle Columbia disaster, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the bitter congressional redistricting battles, among other things. Based in Houston, Laura can assist you with your communications needs wherever you are located, even in far West Texas, where she and her husband have a cabin in the tiny town of Marathon.

Communications/Public Affairs/Public Relations Experience
Principal, LT Communications, LLC

Principal, LT Communications, LLC. January 2009-present.  
Laura advises clients on a wide range of communications and media issues. Her clients include:

Androvett Legal Media & Marketing
Outreach Strategists
HGAC- Workforce Solutions
Greater Houston Partnership
New Hope Housing
Art of Hope
University of Houston Law Center
Influence Opinions

Public Relations Manager, South Texas College of Law. June 2013-May 2015. (now Houston College of Law)


"Laura is the whole package.  She is smart, quick, funny and a terrific writer. She has a keen sense about what is important to an audience, and great judgment when predicting that audience’s response. It was a real pleasure to work with her,"

Cheryl McEntire, (ret.) Director of Marketing and Communications at South Texas College of Law (now Houston College of Law).


Senior Media Relations Representative, University of Houston, Office of University Communications. March 2010-May 2013. 
Director, Austin-based Public Strategies Inc. (now Hill+Knowlton Strategies). September 1999-September 2000.

Journalism Experience

State Editor, Houston Chronicle. October 2002-November 2008.
Political editor, San Antonio Express-News. October 2000-September 2002.
Austin Bureau Chief, San Antonio-Express-News. July 1995-August 1999.    
Environmental reporter, The Houston Post. January 1995-April 1995. 
Reporter, The Associated Press, Houston bureau. 1986-1994.

Awards/Honors

  • Houston Bar Association, President’s Award, 2015.
  • Bronze Quill Award, Houston chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, 2015.  
  • HOW Magazine In-House Design Award  
  • Design Annual 56, 2015.
  • Texas Associated Press Star Reporter of the Year, 1993
  • Texas Associated Press Star Reporter of the Year, 1986  

Other
Adjunct Professor, University of Houston School of Communications (2011-2012)
Education
University of New Mexico, B A. Major: journalism. Minor: political science