Lauren S. Barr is a reporter and editor turned entrepreneur. Lauren owns Gale Force Media, where she serves as the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times newspapers and This Is Westfield magazine. She is the first female publisher in the 131-year history of The Leader. Prior to becoming the owner in March of 2020, Lauren was with the publications for 19 years, serving in various capacities including reporter, assignment editor, and arts and entertainment and education editor.


The newspapers provide in-depth local news coverage of various governing bodies in six towns in Union County.

Lauren is a graduate of Union County College and Thomas Edison State University.

Lauren joins Mitch to discuss the news business and what she has been doing to revitalize his local newspaper.  To watch a video of their discussion, visit our YouTube Channel.


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