About Me


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I’m a journalist and entrepreneur.

In Sept. 2010 I launched Homicide Watch D.C., an innovative platform for data-driven coverage of violent crime. The platform is used by other news organizations including The Trentonian and Sun-Times, and I assist newsrooms with strategies for covering crime and criminal justice.

I believe Homicide Watch proves that the right tools make effective reporters more powerful, and with Glass Eye Media I am working to bring our narrative data approach to other beats and projects.

I was an inaugural Nieman-Berkman fellow in journalism innovation at Harvard during the 2012-2013 academic year.

I began my career as an education reporter at the Register-Pajaronian in Watsonville, Calif. Later, I joined the Press Democrat’s newsroom in Santa Rosa, Calif. as their crime reporter. I’m a New York Times Chairman’s Award winner, a Knight News Entrepreneur Boot Camp alum, and an inaugural MJ Bear fellow.

Want to know more about Homicide Watch and our methods? Check out this interview with Erin Kissane in Contents Magazine, this report by David Carr in the New York Times, or this report by Harry Jaffe in Washingtonian.

Laura Amico

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