Laura Fong is a Journalist-In-Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor at Mercer University’s Center For Collaborative Journalism in Macon, Georgia. She is an award-winning photojournalist who earned a Master’s degree in Visual Journalism from Kent State University. Fong was named the Walton D. Clarke Fellow at WKSU radio, the NPR affiliate in Kent, Ohio.
Laura is a storyteller with a passion for photojournalism and videography. Much of her work focuses on reporting and documenting the lives of, and issues facing, veterans and military service members. Laura also spends her time documenting traditional Native American culture and learning from them about the power of storytelling.
Her heartfelt and sensitive work with military service members transitioning to civilian life has been published nationally and internationally. Laura’s Master’s thesis focused on the American media’s relationship with post-9/11 military service members. Her undergraduate honors thesis focused on alternative methods of healing Post-traumatic stress disorder, as learned from behind her camera. This paper explored the application of traditional Native American ceremony, warrior culture and healing with combat veterans who served in Vietnam.
No Greater Love, a feature length documentary film about a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 with the 101st Airborne's 'No Slack' battalion is her first adventure in film production. The award-winning film that tells the human cost of combat, in soldiers' own words, is due to release later this year.
Laura lives in Forsyth, Georgia with her 10-year-old daughter, Lily. She teaches classes in Photojournalism, International Storytelling, and Video Production at Mercer and continues to teach a multimedia class for Kent State’s College of Digital Sciences. Laura is always seeking opportunities to incorporate her documentary projects into her teaching, providing rich learning opportunities for her students alongside technical instruction.