Announcement from National News Editor Steven Ginsberg and Deputy National Editor Lori Montgomery:
We are delighted to announce that Laura Hughes of the Financial Times in London will be this year’s Laurence Stern Fellow.
Laura, 26, serves as a political correspondent for the FT, where she makes authoritative sense of the confusing convulsions of Brexit. She has also been central to the FT’s coverage of sexual harassment in the #metoo era, including a deeply reported feature documenting years of abuse and assault by members of Parliament on their own staff members. Laura’s work led to the creation of a new code of conduct and independent human resources system in Westminster, Britain’s center of government.
Laura was named Political Journalist of the Year at the 2018 British Journalism Awards and, in April, was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.
Laura began her career as an 18-year-old intern at the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror, and she has covered politics, sexual harassment and other issues for The Times of London, the Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. She also worked as a researcher on a biography of former British prime minister David Cameron, “Call Me Dave,” which was published in 2015.
Laura says she has tried to use her journalism to “highlight the experiences of people whose lives have been unfairly impacted by negligence or the deliberate actions of those in power.”
The Stern Fellowship brings a young British journalist to work at The Post for three months each summer. It was established in 1979 by then-Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee following the death of his close friend Larry Stern, a top newsroom editor who had a fascination with all things British.
Laura graduated from the University of York in 2014 with a BA in history. She says she gets her journalistic curiosity from her maternal grandparents, who both worked for Britain’s MI6 spy agency.
Laura will start on June 17 and will work on the National desk, focusing mainly on politics and the 2020 presidential campaign. Please join us in welcoming her.