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.  

Top Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2019

Compare commute times, public school enrollment, home prices, and more.

03/25/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Dream Homes

A Modern Oasis That Brings the Outside Inside in the GOOF

Scaled for the kids and the neighborhood, this AIA-honored home stands out and fits in all at once.

03/25/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Dream Homes

In the Heights, a Transformed House, Equal Parts Charming and Funky

One of the few mission-style homes in the historic neighborhood, this renovated Heights abode stands out for more than one reason.

03/25/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Happy Trails

5 Local Races Worth Running in 2019

Donuts and beaches can convince anyone to run a 5K, right?

01/28/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Happy Trails

Find Your Pack at These Houston Running and Biking Clubs

Just about every day of the week, all across Houston, there's a running or biking club that's just your speed.

01/28/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Designing Woman

Paloma Contreras's Decor and Design Shop Is Finally Here. We're Kind Of Obsessed.

Get to know the self-made mogul behind River Oaks' Paloma & Co.

01/24/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Have Fun, Feel Great

5 Houston Experts Share the Locally Made Products They Can't Live Without

Upgrade your life with these hair and skincare picks from beauty pros.

12/31/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Money, Money, Money

How Do Houstonians Earn and Spend Their Money?

We break it down.

12/31/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Money, Money, Money

5 Houstonians With Cool (and Profitable) Side Hustles

Every day they're hustling. (Literally.)

12/31/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Houston's Darkest Hours

It Comes to a Head: When Robert Durst Washed Up in Galveston

It wasn’t long before the horrors that seemed to follow the wealthy New York real estate heir popped up in Texas—this time, in black garbage bags.

11/26/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Architecture

Houston Architecture, from A to Z

From bungalows to strip malls, we've got it all—well, everything except zoning.

10/22/2018 By Abby Ledoux and Laura Furr Mericas

Private School Guide

Houston’s Best Private Schools 2018

The best private schools in Houston, and the cool electives they have that make us wish we were back in school.

09/21/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas, Morgan Kinney, and Nicki Koetting

Private School Guide

The Best Private Schools in Houston in 2018

Niche.com ranked the best private schools in Houston —these are the top 25 this year.

09/21/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Like A Mighty River, Baby

Sanctified Saturday: We Talk with Paul Janeway Before Kicking Off His Latest Tour in Texas

His soulful band St. Paul & The Broken Bones graces us with a House of Blues show this weekend.

09/12/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Newcomer's Guide

Houston's Standout Public School Districts

Here’s what you need to know about Houston’s 16 top-performing school districts and 4 top-performing charter school systems, as they stand today.

08/30/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Health

Kids Health Annual 2018

This year's issue tells the stories of resilient children and Houston's world-class hospitals that are helping them succeed.

08/03/2018 Edited by Laura Furr Mericas

Kids Health Annual

Editor's Note: From Our Houstonia Family to Yours...

We’re proud to present the 2018 Kids’ Health Annual.

08/03/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Kids Health Annual

Three Myths About Kids and Pet Allergies, Explained

Bark, meow, achoo!

08/03/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Kids Health Annual

Help for Young Harvey Survivors at Texas Children's Hospital

“It has uncovered a huge need for kids in Houston."

08/03/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas and Gwendolyn Zepeda