Lauryn Higgins

Title: Freelance Health Journalist
Education: Mars Hills University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Expertise: Health, Public Health, Wellness, Mental Health, Climate Change


Lauryn is a journalist whose work focuses primarily on public health, agriculture, and climate change. A native of North Carolina, she now resides in Nebraska where she earned her master's degree in journalism. She currently works as a freelance journalist, adjunct professor of journalism and as a Midwest stringer for the New York Times and The Washington Post. She has covered public health, the Covid-19 pandemic and the reversal of Roe v. Wade for the New York Times, NPR, Women's Health, Salon, Teen Vogue and other outlets. 

Her work tracking the Covid-19 pandemic at the New York Times was part of a team that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, as well as the 2020 Philip Meyer Journalism award and a 2020 Sigma Delta Chi award. 


  • 8+ years as a public health reporter
  • Contributor to NPR, Teen Vogue, Well + Good, Women's Health, and the New York Times
  • Recipient of 2021 Pulitzer in Public Service for work on tracking the coronavirus for the New York Times
  • 4+ years as an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln


  • 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
  • 2020 Philip Meyer Journalism award
  • 2020 Sigma Delta Chi award


Lauryn Higgins received a BA in business administration at Mars Hill University and later went on to receive her masters in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During her time at Nebraska her area of study was on public health reporting in relation to gun violence and mental health in adolescents.

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