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Lauren Collins

Lauren Collins

I joined Black Press Media at 19 years old, starting with an internship and freelance work with the Surrey Leader and the Cloverdale Reporter before making the move to the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. It was through that work that I became inspired by community journalism and the need for local news.
In 2018, I made the move back to the Surrey Now-Leader, covering crime, education, homelessness and data reporting before moving into my provincial reporting role in 2023.

Phone
778-726-4707
Email
lauren.collins@blackpress.ca

Recent Work by Lauren

After Indigenous child's death, B.C.'s youth watchdog wants wellbeing plan

After Indigenous child's death, B.C.'s youth watchdog wants wellbeing plan

The Fraser Valley boy, 11, died in foster care in February 2021
Seniors rent protection in independent living 'may take time': Housing Ministry

Seniors rent protection in independent living 'may take time': Housing Ministry

Housing Ministry says it plans to implement recommendations from the Office of the Seniors Advocate
5 wildfires start in Lillooet Fire Zone; 4 between Cache Creek and Lytton

5 wildfires start in Lillooet Fire Zone; 4 between Cache Creek and Lytton

BC Wildfire Service says the fires are lightning caused
B.C.-wide campfire ban now in effect

B.C.-wide campfire ban now in effect

All of the province is under the ban, except for Haida Gwaii
18 killed in just 6 days on B.C. highways, police caution drivers

18 killed in just 6 days on B.C. highways, police caution drivers

5 of the crashes were multiple fatalities
Rain not anticipated in B.C. for the next 10 days: BC Wildfire Service

Rain not anticipated in B.C. for the next 10 days: BC Wildfire Service

There were 13,000 lightning strikes recently, which can lead to the potential for holdover wildfires
Police complaint commissioner to investigate 2022 crash that killed B.C. teens

Police complaint commissioner to investigate 2022 crash that killed B.C. teens

The officer was going 124 km/h in the minutes before the suspect vehicle hit the teens' car
37 temperature records broken in B.C., including a daily low of 6.8 C

37 temperature records broken in B.C., including a daily low of 6.8 C

4 communities broke 40 C
27 heat records broken, tied across B.C.

27 heat records broken, tied across B.C.

3 areas recorded temperatures above 40 C
In 1 week, 3 B.C. NDP cabinet ministers decide to not seek re-election

In 1 week, 3 B.C. NDP cabinet ministers decide to not seek re-election

Rob Fleming, Harry Bains and Bruce Ralston follow in 8 other MLAs steps
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