Laura is a Louisiana native who has been exploring her second bayou-home since graduating from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 2015. Joining the Houstonia team in August 2017, she has taken the reins of SagaCity’s custom publications and also contributes data-focused and animal-related content to Houstonia.

Previously, she served as data reporter for the Houston Business Journal, where she managed the annual Book of Lists. She has also reported on an array of subjects in Houston, Louisiana and Chicago ranging from technology to weddings to tacos.

Laura is a die-hard LSU Tigers fan, having competed for the school’s varsity swim team in undergrad, and living five minutes from campus for 22 years of her life. Now she, her husband and their golden retriever live in a 1954 fixer-upper in Garden Oaks–Oak Forest.  

Bean There, Done That

Three Lapsed Chicagoans Explain Once And for All Why The Bean Isn’t Worth Caring About

A counterpoint to the recent Bean Discourse.

04/02/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas, Nicki Koetting, and Morgan Kinney

Top Neighborhoods

Houston's Best Places to Live 2018

Your guide to Houston's 10 hottest neighborhoods right now, plus expert advice on the right way to go about buying a home in this brave, new, post-Harvey world.

02/28/2018 By Roxanna Asgarian, Morgan Kinney, Laura Furr Mericas, and Dianna Wray

Top Neighborhoods 2018

10 Questions Every Houston Homebuyer Should Ask Before They Press Go

Get these answers before you commit to a house.

02/28/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas and Roxanna Asgarian

Top Neighborhoods 2018

The 10 Hottest Neighborhoods in Houston in 2018

Seven excellent places to buy, three great locations to rent

02/28/2018 By Roxanna Asgarian, Morgan Kinney, Laura Furr Mericas, and Dianna Wray

Let the Good Clothes Roll

Want/Love/Need: Mardi Gras Edition

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “What should I wear to Mardi Gras?” ...

02/08/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

The Houstonian Woman

6 Houston Women Leading the Way in Male-Dominated Jobs

These women are breaking glass ceilings all over the place.

01/30/2018 By Roxanna Asgarian, Gwendolyn Knapp, Abby Ledoux, and Laura Furr Mericas

The Houstonian Woman

The State of Houston and Texas Womanhood, By the Numbers

What is it like to be a woman in Houston and Texas? We have the data.

01/30/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas Illustrations by Amy Kinkead

Weather Report

Even the National Hurricane Center is Blown Away by Their Harvey Findings

"Truly overwhelming, literally and figuratively.”

01/26/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Ice House

6 Local Beers We Want For Christmas

Have a hoppy holiday with these brews.

12/04/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas

Best Places to Work 2017

These Houston Employers Stepped Up After Harvey

From raising money to rescuing flood victims, employees at these companies revealed their character in the storm's wake.

12/04/2017 By Jeff Balke and Laura Furr Mericas

Best Places to Work 2017

Houston's Best Places to Work in 2017

These businesses make Houstonians love coming to work.

12/04/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian and Laura Furr Mericas

H-Town Diary

How My Dog Helped Me Make Friends in Houston

Getting a golden retriever made moving to the Bayou City a little easier.

12/04/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas

School's Out

TUTS' Kid-Friendly Musical Camps Return This Winter Break

Maybe your child is the next Lin-Manuel Miranda. Maybe you need a few hours alone at H-E-B.

11/24/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas

Music Talk

Let's Talk About Talk, Vodi's Debut Album

"If Fleetwood Mac produced a soundtrack to Stranger Things, it would sound a whole lot like local Houston band Vodi’s debut album."

11/22/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas

Brew News

First Look at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.'s Cool, New Digs

We're talking air conditioning and much, much more!

11/14/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas

Green Again

Houston, Get Your Green Cans Ready: Curbside Recycling Returns Next Month

The city is resuming normal recycling schedules soon after removing 1 million cubic yards of Harvey debris.

10/25/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas

SUPER COLLIES

How Will You Celebrate Howl-O-Ween?

Canada’s Super Collies will grace Houston dog lovers with their presence this weekend.

10/19/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas

Private School Guide

Everything You Need to Know About Private Schooling in Houston

The top private schools in town, tips on how to send your child to the right one, how to maximize your money, and more.

10/02/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian and Laura Furr Mericas

Private School Guide

The Buck Goes On: When Your Kid Goes to Private School, Be Prepared to Spend

It's not just the tuition that'll cost you—fees for extracurricular activities, school trips, technology and more add up.

10/02/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas

Heroes of Harvey

How Bad Was Harvey? We Have the Numbers

The impact was devastating, and the data catastrophic.

10/02/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas