Laura Weislo

Content Creative

A media professional with a twist: I have a unique combination of skills in journalism, editing, project management, and science.

After getting a Masters in Genetics, I was part of a cutting edge research team that pioneered the use of biotechnology to create disease resistant crops. While working on a high-throughput project to find genes related to disease, I taught myself database and web programming to manage the enormous amount of information we were creating. That led to project management with an Agile bent and a bit of process improvement with Six Sigma.

I made a dramatic career change in 2006, jumping into the deep end of cycling journalism with the world's biggest English-language news site in the sport, Cyclingnews.com. I progressed from writing and copy editing to the position of Deputy Editor, where I direct the coverage of all North American events and assist the Editor-In-Chief with all day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and web development projects.

Portfolio

News & Interviews

Velorama: A flash in the pan or the future of cycling? | Cyclingnews.com
The organisers of the Colorado Classic and the partner Velorama festival declared the event a success, but even in the heavily veiled PR-speak of the post-race press conference,...
Colorado Classic chaos scuttles Howes' hopes for overall win | Cyclingnews.com
In a normal bike race, if a two-man breakaway has a minute with 30 kilometres to go, their chances of holding off the chasing peloton on flat roads without extreme weather...
Ben Spies - Pro bike racer & amateur bike racer
Interviewed MotoGP driver Ben Spies for Pro Cycling magazine.
Songezo Jim living his dream with MTN-Qhubeka | Cyclingnews.com
Some professional cyclists come to the sport later in life than most, and can go on to have successful careers, but most at least knew how to ride a bike when they were children.
Gesink still aiming high despite rocky years | Cyclingnews.com
One-on-one interview with Robert Gesink from the 2015 World Championships.
Reijnen aiming higher after successful 2014 season | Cyclingnews.com
One-on-one interview recapping a season.
In pursuit of a passion | Cyclingnews.com
Interview with Jonathan Page, who I happened to run into at a race in Charlotte.
Lucas Euser: forging a new path after the pain of early retirement | Cyclingnews.com
Lucas Euser's professional cycling career was over on May 26, 2014. He just didn't know it at the time. When a motorcycle official stopped in the middle of the tricky descent...
Chad Gerlach: A new lease on love and life
An interview with Chad Gerlach, March 6, 2009 Addicted to crack and living on the streets just over one year ago, American Chad Gerlach is now making his return to the pro...

Science articles

Swart defends Froome's physiological testing, more data to be released in 2016 | Cyclingnews.com
Tour de France winner Chris Froome answered the public's calls for transparency over his exceptional performances by releasing his physiological test data last week.
Five key points of Chris Froome's physiological data | Cyclingnews.com
Although Chris Froome made public the data of his physiological tests in an attempt to silence his critics, the information published in Esquire magazine only served to raise...
The science behind the Landis case | Cyclingnews.com
An analysis of Floyd Landis' defense in his doping case.
Beating the cheaters | Cyclingnews.com
An example of writing about complicated scientific information for a broad audience.
Pro cycling plagued by head injuries | Cyclingnews.com
Highlighting a critical issue in the sport.
Functions Encoded by Pyrrolnitrin Biosynthetic Genes from Pseudomonas fluorescens

Other

Recombination-dependent DNA replication stimulated by double-strand breaks in bacteriophage T4.

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