Lauren Caruba is an award-winning journalist and investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News, where she focuses on long-term projects and accountability reporting. Previously, she was a staff writer for five years at the San Antonio Express-News, where she covered investigations, the COVID-19 pandemic, health & medicine and education. She has a passion for narrative storytelling and focusing on human stories to illuminate systemic problems and injustices. Lauren is a two-time local reporting finalist in the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and has twice had her stories anthologized in the Best American Newspaper Narratives series by the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. Her COVID-19 coverage, which involved embedding in hospitals across San Antonio, earned her 1st place in Specialty Reporting in the 2021 Texas APME Awards, as well as runner-up for Star Reporter of the Year. She was also named Texas Health Journalist of the Year in the Texas Medical Association's Anson Jones Awards two years in a row.