Journalist, Storyteller, Audio producer, Voiceover artist
Laura Sydell is well known to public radio listeners around the country from her work as NPR's Digital Culture Correspondent. Sydell's work focuses on the ways in which technology is transforming our culture and how we live. Her award wining journalism has been heard regularly on NPR's major news magazines "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." She has also contributed to "Planet Money" and "This American Life" and NPR.org.
Before joining NPR, Sydell served as a senior technology reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace, where her reporting focused on the human impact of new technologies and the personalities behind the Silicon Valley boom and bust.
Prior to moving to California, Sydell worked as a reporter for NPR Member Station WNYC in New York City. There she reported on race relations, city politics, and arts.
Her journalism has been honored with numerous honors including a Gerold Loeb Award, a Headliner Award, inclusion in Best Business Writing of 2012 from Columbia University, and by organizations such as The Newswomen's Club of New York, The New York Press Club, The Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, American Women in Radio and Television, The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and Women in Communications.
After finishing a one-year fellowship with the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, Sydell came to San Francisco as a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley.
Sydell graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree from William Smith College in Geneva, New York, and earned a J.D. from Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law.
Sydell loves to tell engaging stories that touch people's hearts and open their minds to new ideas, cultures and people. As a professional storyteller with a reputation for honesty, fairness and a unique perspective on the events that transform our world, Sydell strives to captivate, inform, and entertain.
RECENT & AWARD WINNING WORK
I have covered everything from breaking news stories to in-depth features. It’s a satisfying feeling to put my journalism education, audience understanding, and professional experience to good use on every project I’m involved with. Check out a sampling of my recent work below and get in touch for more.
ARTISTS & CRIMINALS: ON THE EDGE OF TECH
February 20, 2018
Pioneering Cyberpunk Author William Gibson says he gets his inspiration for futuristic scenarios from watching what artists and criminals do with new technology. After years of listening to the tech elite predict the future, I decided to follow his path and spend time with some artists & criminals working with technology.
KING OF "FAKE NEWS"
DECEMBER 2, 2018
A few days before the election, an extraordinary story popped up in hundreds of thousands of people's Facebook feeds. This story was salacious. It was vivid, filled with intriguing details. There was a photo of a burning house, firemen rushing in. The headline read, "FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide."
It was all fake.
When patents attack
JULY 22, 2011
Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries. We take you inside this war, and tell the fascinating story of how an idea enshrined in the US constitution to promote progress and innovation, is now being used to do the opposite.