Laura McCandlish is a freelance radio producer/host and food writer based in
Corvallis, Oregon Brunswick, Maine. She relocated back East this fall after living in the Pacific Northwest for four years, where she gained food as her beat. In Oregon, she produced radio stories and co-hosted the “Food for Thought” show for KLCC, the NPR affiliate in Eugene. She has written for NPR’s Kitchen Window column, NPR’s “The Salt” food blog, The Oregonian, Edible Portland and Mother Jones. She got her start in radio hosting the Food Show on KBOO, Portland’s veteran community radio station.
At The Sun in Baltimore, she first reported on farms while covering county government in rural Carroll County, the suburban bureau where Alma is booted in the final season of The Wire! Laura was then promoted to the business desk, where she covered the shipping and airline industries. In her spare time, she volunteered to co-direct a Saturday high school journalism program for minority students. Her students went on to other prestigious programs, such as the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program and J-Camp.
A native of Virginia, Laura attended Davidson College in North Carolina and taught high school English in the Bronx upon graduation. During college, she studied abroad in China and spent a summer teaching at-risk youth in Hong Kong. She embraces the food culture wherever she lives. She’s equally at home eating Hanover tomatoes in Virginia, Puerto Rican mofongo in the Bronx and soul food in Harlem, Trinidadian roti in Baltimore or Dungeness crab and marionberries here in Oregon. She relishes it all.