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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

$100K wildfire fine on hold after B.C. man's successful appeal

$100K wildfire fine on hold after B.C. man's successful appeal

A burn pile on Eldon Whalen's property became an 11.5-hectare wildfire in May 2019
4th grizzly hit, killed along Trans-Canada Highway in B.C. park

4th grizzly hit, killed along Trans-Canada Highway in B.C. park

The bear was previously unknown to Parks Canada
VIDEO: Bear tries to paw, chew its way out of B.C. garage

VIDEO: Bear tries to paw, chew its way out of B.C. garage

RCMP see spike in bear reports between early May and September
Float plane, boat collide in Vancouver's Coal Harbour; 2 people injured

Float plane, boat collide in Vancouver's Coal Harbour; 2 people injured

Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigators deployed
Feds sue B.C. firm, truck driver in fatal crash that burned bridge

Feds sue B.C. firm, truck driver in fatal crash that burned bridge

Lawsuit says crash caused extensive damage to Sikanni Bridge along Alaska Highway
182 British Columbians died from toxic drugs in April

182 British Columbians died from toxic drugs in April

More than 14,500 people have died since the public health crisis was declared in 2016
New website, survey aimed at creating Filipino cultural centre in B.C.

New website, survey aimed at creating Filipino cultural centre in B.C.

Filipinos have a long history in B.C., dating back to the 1880s on Bowen Island
B.C. killer Robert Pickton dead, days after prison attack

B.C. killer Robert Pickton dead, days after prison attack

Correctional Service Canada says the 74-year-old died in hospital
B.C. expands program to provide air conditioners with additional $20M

B.C. expands program to provide air conditioners with additional $20M

In 2023, B.C. provided $10M for about 6,000 air conditioning units for those most at risk of extreme heat
RCMP officer transferred out of Bella Bella after racist social media posts

RCMP officer transferred out of Bella Bella after racist social media posts

The Heiltsuk Nation has been calling for the officer’s immediate suspension, removal
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