Laurie Hays

Executive Vice President, Edelman

Laurie Hays spent 35 years as a journalist, not counting college and high school, where she majored in newspapering. She has covered myriad events, from cops and local news in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes at the New Orleans States-Item, to the fall of the Soviet Union and the coup against Boris Yeltsin for the Wall Street Journal. She was mostly a financial news journalist during her 23 years at the Journal and seven years at Bloomberg News where she held the title of senior executive editor overseeing global beat reporting by 1,100 reporters and editors.

Reporters working for Laurie won major awards including two Pulitzers, Polks, Overseas Press Club and Loebs.

Two years ago, Laurie moved over to the “other” side, providing strategic crisis management and advice to corporate and non-profit CEOs and their executive teams. She is currently an executive vice president at Edelman where she specializes in sexual harassment situations as well as corporate governance, reputation and trust building. She is on the board of directors of The Marshall Project, a non profit news organization that covers prison reform; The CUNY School of Journalism; and The Fuller Project for International Reporting.

She graduated from Harvard College in 1979, with honors in history, and now lives in New York City with her husband, writer Fen Montaigne. They have two daughters.