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Laura Paull
Laura Paull is a writer and editor based in San Francisco, where she is Community and Curated Content Producer for She was the Huffington Post Editor for Citizen Journalism during the 2012 election cycle.

Entries by Laura Paull

Les Miserables in Calais

(3) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 10:54 AM

2015-08-19-1439958576-2787355-Englishbeach.jpgWhat is the relationship between global events and the decisions we make to travel?

People fleeing conflicts in the Mideast and Africa are thronging the French coastal city of Calais, desperate to make the crossing into the imagined paradise of England. Meanwhile,

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Neil Gaiman on Terry Pratchett: 'He Did Something Huge and Noble'

(10) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 4:51 PM


Whatever else Neil Gaiman had intended to talk about with fellow writer Michael Chabon onstage at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Thursday night, it was upended by the death of his close friend, the English fantasy writer...

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After Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:52 PM

I don't know why I thought that weak, warmed-up coffee from yesterday was going to do it for me this morning. So I dumped it in the sink, got on my bike more or less as I had gotten out of bed, and headed for work. Passing La Boulange on...

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'At Least as Important as Anne Frank': New Holocaust Diary Emerges in San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 9:06 AM

I think I understand why Rywka Lipszyc's diary of life in the Lodz ghetto stops cold on April 12, 1944, in the middle of a sentence, even though she had months to go before being deported to Auschwitz.

It was not because she fell ill or ran out of...

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The Fabric of Friendship: Pursuit of Justice Weaves Bonds Between Two Cultures

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 6:58 PM

This story was originally published in the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco's blog,

They were just two 20th century American families: one Jewish, the other Mexican. They lived in different states; knew nothing of one another's history, culture, class, religion or values. Their lives collided when...

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The Bitter Comes Out Better in the Rachel Maddow Mix

(10) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 5:10 PM

About halfway through their companionable onstage conversation at the Castro Theater in San Francisco Thursday night, Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, mixed a cocktail for Rachel Maddow.

It was a cognac-based drink, "based on a cocktail called Scorch the Earth, which I thought was appropriate," Handler said, "and you may...

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Huffington Post's 'Cover the Conventions' Contest for Citizen Journalists: Why Not You?

(24) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 4:34 PM

You read the news. Or watch, or listen to it. Maybe you sometimes think: I could do that!

In late February, Howard Fineman announced our Cover the Conventions Contest, inviting the public to make a pitch to us about why they should be chosen to...

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Claude Lanzmann, Director of 'Shoah,' Turns Literary Lens On His Own Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 4:46 PM

The past, the past, le passé. Past perfect, past imperfect, passé composé...The past weighs heavy on 87-year-old Claude Lanzmann, director of the incomparable Shoah, a nine-and-a-half-hour film about the Holocaust.

So much history, both worldly and personal, in the can. So many people who have died: friends, family, lovers,...

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Literature As Legacy: Writing Across The Generational Divide

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2012 | 1:27 AM

Within the creative writing program at Vassar College many years ago, we all recognized the major talent in our class -- and it was only in part because she was the great niece of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer and the granddaughter of the other Polish-Jewish...

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Christina's World: 'It's Not The Bakersfield I Remember It To Be'

(12) Comments | Posted January 8, 2012 | 2:02 PM

To be honest, I wanted her because she was smart.

The 2011 Berkeley graduate was noted in a university press release as the recipient of the prestigious University of California Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. Her 50-page thesis paper, "They Rule the Valley: The Story of How Large Central Valley...

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Hormone Replacement Therapies Are Hot Again

(13) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 10:38 AM

They're back: Estrogen supplements and hormone replacement therapies that women rejected en masse a decade ago when a major study reported significant health risks among subjects given estrogen, are returning to the arsenals of health professionals.

And the attitude shift is, to some extent, gender neutral. Testosterone replacement is also...

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Citizen Jane, and Other Volunteer Journalists: Why Do They Do It?

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2011 | 2:24 PM

Three women shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize awarded this weekend for "their non-violent struggles for women's safety and for women's rights to participate in peace-building work."

Among them was Tawakkol Karman, a 32 year old Yemeni mother and founder of the women's advocacy group, Women Journalists without Chains. The...

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David Lockington's Second Wind

(3) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 7:56 AM

He may be more Bernstein than Springsteen, but Maestro David Lockington was born to run.

In his 40s, the cellist, composer and classical music conductor decided he wanted to complete a Triathlon Sprint by the time he was 50. But there were a few hurdles. He didn't cross the finish...

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For Baby Boomers, Aging Is The Next Frontier

(10) Comments | Posted November 25, 2011 | 8:01 AM

On the first day of the first annual conference on "The Poetics of Aging" in San Francisco last week, I was chosen from a small audience to receive the touch of 97-year old Marion Rosen, a German-born Holocaust survivor who developed the Rosen Method of emotional release through...

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The One Cent

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 8:32 PM

Last year, like many Americans affected by the recession, I began to anticipate the worst.

As the shrinking economy impacted the state education system, I was laid off from a tenured professor position. I put my credit card in the freezer. Gave up the idea that I would ever have...

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In The Beginning, There Were Citizen Journalists

(12) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 5:02 PM

If you'd like to help tell our stories, contact us at or sign up at

Before the American Revolution, journalism, if you could call it that, was an elite practice heavily censored by the colonial government. So when Thomas Paine...

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From Arab Spring to America Today, Social Media Enables Witness-Reporters

(5) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 5:40 PM

Last winter when I was teaching media courses at a community college, I had the good luck to have scheduled a class on the cinema of the Middle East. I had wanted to create such a class for some time, and decided that the winter of 2011 was the semester...

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Glock n' Spiel

(297) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 5:49 PM

How two citizen journalists uncovered a bizarre GOP fundraiser.

Arizona resident Dawn Teo was perusing her daily emails when an item on a standard Pima County Republican Party newsletter caught her eye. The Pima County Republican Party was selling raffle tickets for a Get Out the Vote fundraiser. The...

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Isleton's Ire: How A Tiny California Town Got Tangled In The Complex Web Of Cannabis Laws

(126) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 2:47 PM

ISLETON, Calif. -- Judging by the brass plaque prominently posted outside the bar of the Del Rio Hotel and Casino in this tiny Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta city, the people of Isleton do not easily forget when they've been bullied.

No sooner had a hotel with a casino opened in...

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