Laura Fong earned a Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism, and a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism at Kent State University. She is a member of the Kent State Honors College, and was one of very few students in her graduating class who chose to write an undergraduate senior honors thesis. Her undergraduate honors thesis was a paper on alternative methods of treating PTSD as observed during a two-year intensive study reporting on and photographing American military veterans. Laura’s Masters thesis was a qualitative study on the media’s relationship with post-9/11 service members. Laura will continue her research on the relationship between the American military and the media.
Laura has been awarded the Paula Slimak Scholarship 5 times. She has been awarded other financial scholarships from the Ohio News Photographer’s Association, The National Press Photographer’s Association and Kent State’s Honors College.
Laura’s work has been reconized as exemplary in her class of photojournalism students.
- Her works has been selected multiple times as one of two students from Kent State to submit work to the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards
- She was awarded the Murray Powers Award for Outstanding Photography in her role as Photo Editor of The Burr Magazine, Spring 2010: the 40 year anniversary of the May 4th shootings.
- The Society of Professional Journalists awarded a first place to Laura’s multimedia story about the closing of a local maternity ward and the birth of the last child born on the ward.
- In 2009 Laura took third place in the Ohio News Photographer’s Association College Photographer of the year.
- In 2011, Laura was awarded WKSU’s Walt Clarke Fellowship where she worked as a photographer and reporter at WKSU, Kent Ohio’s NPR affiliate station for the 2010-2011 school year.
- In 2012 The Cleveland Press Club awarded Laura and the visuals team at the Akron Beacon Journal a First Place award for Best Series for the four-day story from the trip she took to Vietnam with the Warriors’ Journey Home.
During her four years at Kent State as an undergraduate, Laura followed two long-term stories – one on childbirth/women’s healthcare in Ohio. In 2009 she traveled to Kolkata, India and spent three weeks documenting a woman from Toronto, Canada who reunited with a group of street kids she hadn’t seen in nine years. In addition, Laura worked on this project where she has been documenting the lives of veterans and what they must overcome to return to civilian life. All three projects have been highlighted in student media publications.
Laura has a well-established website at www.laurafongphotography.com where she sells prints, writes a blog, posts all of her current work and highlights the best clips of her published work.