Laura Ohata is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. Her articles have appeared in Northwest Asian Weekly, Austin Monthly, Good Life and Austin Family magazines. A specialist in feature-writing, and narrative non-fiction, Ohata reaches into the heart of each subject to research the facts, then breathes life into the words.
Interests: Gardening, home renovation, hiking, photography, biking, baking and travel. She is also proficient in Japanese and Spanish.
Education: Laura Ohata holds an M.A. from the College of Communications at The University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on screenwriting, fiction and poetry.
2015 3rd Place Award for Social Issues Reporting, SPJ Society of Professional Journalists, Region 10 (Includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington): “Meet the new neighbors: Nickelsville homeless Camp,” for Northwest Asian Weekly
2015 3rd Place Award for Arts & Lifestyles Reporting, SPJ Society of Professional Journalists, Region 10 (Includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington): “Rising Star on the flying trapeze,” for Northwest Asian Weekly
2010 Houston Press Club Lone Star Award; First Place: Public Relations Magazine: (editor of) The University of Texas at Austin, Deep in the Heart.
2008 Houston Press Club Lone Star Award: Third Place: “What It’s Like,” for Austin Monthly magazine