- News editor at The Balance
- Former Bloomberg News team leader and editor of North American equities markets coverage
- Former market columnist and copy desk chief at Bloomberg News
- Co-writer of several hundred columns on investing with quantitative trading pioneer Victor Niederhoffer for financial web sites including MSN Money, TheStreet, and Worldly Investor
- Co-author of Practical Speculation (John Wiley and Sons, 2002), an investment guide for laypeople
Laurel has brought clarity and context to news for more than 20 years, working as a reporter, editor, or columnist for publications including Bloomberg News, the Associated Press, and MSN Money. She cut her teeth on general news, the police beat, and local politics as a reporter for the Associated Press and two local newspapers before becoming a business reporter for Copley Newspapers in 1989.
As a business journalist, she won honors from the Los Angeles Press Club and Aerospace Writers Association for exclusive stories on the military space industry. She also initiated business coverage of the South Central areas of Los Angeles, then largely overlooked by newspapers, after the Rodney King riot.
In 1994, she moved East to become an editor at Bloomberg News, where as leader of the North American equities team she oversaw coverage of such transformational financial stories as the birth of online trading and the dot-com boom. Simultaneously, she served as copy desk chief and provided TV commentaries and interviews for Bloomberg TV.
Laurel left Bloomberg in 2000 to work with quantitative investment pioneer Victor Niederhoffer, with whom she co-authored hundreds of columns on investing for popular financial websites such as MSN Money, The Street, and Worldly Investor. She and Niederhoffer co-wrote Practical Speculation (John Wiley & Sons, 2002), an investment guide for laypeople, and gave presentations in several countries.
In 2003, Laurel left journalism to start a family, occasionally freelancing as writer and editor for Politico, RSM, and Medtech Europe. She re-entered the workforce in 2021 to join the personal finance news operation at the Balance as an editor.
Laurel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from the University of California, Los Angeles.