Lauren Silverman

Reporter/Blogger

Lauren Silverman is the Health, Science and Technology reporter/blogger for KERA News. Before joining KERA, she worked at NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered in Washington D.C. Lauren produced national stories on everything from the politics of climate change to the future of online education, including a piece on neighborhood farms in Compton, Cal., that won a National Association of Black Journalism’s ‘Salute to Excellence Award.’

As a freelance reporter, Lauren has written and recorded stories in English and Spanish for a variety of news outlets, including American Public Media’s Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Latino USA.

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Health
5:24 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Dallas Thrift Store Offers Clothes, High Heels, And Free HIV Testing

Out of the Closet in Oak Lawn offers free HIV testing and is constructing a pharmacy.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Out of the Closet is not your average thrift shop. Yes, the Dallas store offers a selection of clothing and furniture, but now it also offers free HIV testing and is about to open a community pharmacy.

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Business/Economy
1:59 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Denton To Vote On Fracking Ban

A Vantage Energy natural gas rig in southwest Arlington just south of Interstate 20, Monday, December 23, 2013
Paul Moseley Star-Telegram

The city of Denton could take another step Tuesday toward becoming the only Texas city to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

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Health/Science
10:11 am
Mon July 14, 2014

In This Medical Bank, The Currency Is Breast Milk

Lauren Silverman KERA News

At the Mothers Milk Bank of North Texas, the morning milk delivery still exists. Except here, the milk comes from moms across the country.

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Texas News
4:29 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Dallas County IDs Three Potential Sites For Immigrant Children Who've Crossed Border

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, center, announced the North Texas sites that will shelter immigrant children.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Thursday identified  three North Texas sites that will potentially shelter the 2,000 immigrant children from Central America that are currently in McAllen.

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The Broken Hip
9:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

The Broken Hip, Chapter 8: A Family Helps Heal A Fractured Pelvis

Yu-ying Lee, center, bounced back from a fractured pelvis thanks in part to a supportive family.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Another type of fracture, just inches away from the hip, is becoming more common. Pelvic fractures can be just as devastating as hip fractures, and often take longer to heal. A broken pelvis brought one North Texas family closer together.

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North Texas Earthquakes
1:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

KERA/StateImpact Forum Explores The North Texas Earthquake Swarm

A panel of experts gathered in Azle Wednesday night to talk about what's behind the North Texas earthquake swarm.
Andy Taylor KERA

At a public forum in Azle Wednesday night, KERA, StateImpact Texas and a panel of experts gathered to talk about what's behind the North Texas earthquake swarm.

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Sports
11:24 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Soccer Fever: Thanks To World Cup, Fans And Collectors Flock To Soccer Cards, Stickers

Hugo Salazar, 18, is collecting the Panini America soccer stickers.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

In the U.S., “trading cards” are still synonymous with “baseball cards,” but this World Cup, the world's largest sports collectibles company is determined to change that. With stickers and cards, Irving-based Panini America is winning over soccer fans in the U.S.

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Business/Economy
4:38 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Thanks To Texas Bravado, Dallas Landed Federal Reserve 100 Years Ago

Employees of the Dallas Fed in the 1950s sorted cash.
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

One hundred years ago, Dallas was selected to be one of 12 locations to host a Federal Reserve Bank. It not only beat out other Texas cities, but also New Orleans, which at the time had a population three times larger. So how did "Little D" get a Reserve Bank? Texas bravado, in part.

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Environment
10:10 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

A New Throne For Your Home: Dallas Gives Away High-Efficiency Toilets

New toilets. That's one way the city of Dallas is hoping to reduce water use. Over the last seven years, Dallas has given away more than 70,000 toilets, and the porcelain upgrade is just getting started.

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Mental Health
6:46 am
Sat May 31, 2014

One Wealthy Couple's Mission To Save Marriages, En Masse

Self-help guru Harville Hendrix and his wife Helen LaKelly Hunt are offering free relationship therapy workshops to Dallas-area couples. Many of the couples who attend have never gone to relationship counseling.
Courtesy of Darren Rollinson

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 5:29 pm

At a church in South Dallas, in one of the poorest parts of town, the room is packed with hundreds of couples. They're sitting, holding hands and staring into each other's eyes.

Their hosts, multi-millionaire couple Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt, are on a mission: to save marriages. They're trying to saturate the city with relationship counseling at workshops like this one, aiming to reach couples who wouldn't or couldn't otherwise afford to attend conventional marriage counseling.

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