Laura Garcia is the afternoon/evening news editor for Texas Tribune. Before that, she was a health care business reporter at the San Antonio Express-News and previously worked at the Victoria Advocate, The Roanoke Times in Virginia, Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Longview News-Journal. She is the president of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists, a San Antonio-based nonprofit that raises funds for journalism student scholarships and advocates for diversity in newsrooms, and was a 2021 National Fellow at the Center for Health Journalism. A South Texas native, she graduated from San Antonio College and Texas State University with journalism degrees. For her reporting project “Access Denied,” Garcia was awarded first place by the Texas Medical Association in the “in-depth print/online” category this year, and she placed third in the “social justice reporting” category in the 2023 Best of the West Contest by San Antonio Express-News.


Bexar County will hire a county public health director and other core staff as part of an initiative to revamp health care in fast-growing outlying areas of the community, filling gaps in service that he said were revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic.