A former television reporter, Laura Byrd began writing and producing short features for cable news networks in 1994. Her work appeared on ESPN II, the SPEED channel and FOX network (formerly PRIME network).
Transitioning to print media in 1998, Byrd became a Contributing Editor for World & I magazine, writing and shooting images for international travel features which appeared several times a year in the Life section until 2004. Specializing in automotive & travel features, Byrd’s “Road Show” column for the San Diego Union-Tribune appeared monthly from 2003 to 2007. A regular contributor to the “Wheels” section of the Union-Tribune, Byrd’s auto reviews, photography and feature stories were published in the newspaper for nine years. A contract facilitator and product specialist for automotive manufacturers, Byrd's clients include Mercedes, Jaguar, Cadillac, Hyundai, JEEP, Toyota and Lexus. A social media reporter and online video talent for Lexus Magazine, Byrd specializes in facilitating automotive telematics, hybrid technology and social media skills. Contracted by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin in 2008, Byrd served as Creative Director for a start-up glossy publication, Lifestyles magazine. Assembling a creative team, Byrd developed regular features for the magazine including "Chef's Table," "Vintage Wheels," "Signature Dish," and "The Scenic Route."
Currently residing in Naples, Italy, Byrd retains a field office in San Diego, California and home in Walla Walla, Washington.
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Hired as Creative Director for start-up glossy publication in 2008, Byrd built a creative team from the ground up and developed the Union-Bulletin newspaper’s first magazine, developing regular feature stories for every issue including “Vintage Wheels,” “Scenic Route,” “Tasting Room,” and “Signature Dish.”
Byrd’s domiciles include both Walla Walla, Washington and San Diego, California.
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Byrd's monthly "Streets of Italy" column is published in the Panorama newspaper circulated to NATO and American Military based in Italy. Her blog, "The Streets of Italy" describes the humorous, surprising, heart warming and sometimes frustrating experiences of an American journalist living in Italy.