Lauren Clem

Lauren Clem has been promoted to deputy editor of The Valley Breeze, a job she has earned through consistently outstanding reporting and a strong work ethic.

“Lauren has proven herself as a local journalist, showing an attention to detail and commitment to excellence as she’s embraced being the face of the communities she covers,” said Editor Ethan Shorey. “She will continue to be a significant contributor to our growth as one of the best-read weekly newspapers in the country.”

In this new position, Clem will help Shorey lead the editorial department in all phases, guiding new or expanding initiatives and using her experience and skills to help make all five editions the best they can be. She will also continue with her reporting in the communities of Woonsocket, North Smithfield, and Blackstone, Mass., work she has done so well since she came to The Breeze as a staff writer in 2018.

Clem, 27, was born and raised in Woonsocket and attended Mount Saint Charles Academy. She graduated from Villanova University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in English and communication and a concentration in journalism. Prior to working for The Breeze, she was a staff reporter for The Rhode Island Catholic.

Clem loves telling the stories of her community and meeting the people who live there, and writing about the many ways individuals work to better their communities, and anything to do with the outdoors. She has won six editorial awards from the Rhode Island Press Association.

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