Laurie D. Willis was once referred to by a Baltimore Sun editor as a pinch hitter because of her ability to write about any subject and "hit a home run."

When Laurie writes she brings words to life. When she edits, she makes copy more engaging by eliminating unnecessary words, correcting grammar and using just the right expression or phrase. Laurie has extensive writing and editing experience and is known for her meticulous craftsmanship.

Laurie is a correspondent for The Boston Globe and has been a staff writer for The Baltimore Sun, The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer. Laurie has edited several books, including "Ante Up!" and "Raising Him Alone." Laurie also edits newsletters and collegiate papers, writes press releases and speeches and is a ghost writer.

Laurie has won several awards, including Best Reporting on a Single Subject (2001) from The Association of Black Media Workers, and The Good Work Award (1998) from The News & Observer. Laurie was awarded an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Fellowship in 1998.

In the spring of 2001, Laurie won a journalism fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., to study the African-American experience in post-Civil Rights America. Later that year, Laurie was humbled when Baltimore Sun editors nominated her story about Christopher G. Evans, one of the first firefighters to enter The Pentagon after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into it, for a National Headliner Award.

Laurie earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986.