Her assignments have taken her to more than 45 countries covering everything from the Olympics to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Her work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Stern, Paris-Match, Sports Illustrated and nearly every major newspaper in the world.
Rauch has earned an MPA in foreign policy from Harvard University and a BS in journalism from the University of Kansas. She also attended international studies at the University of Paris-La Sorbonne, and in 2005 was awarded the John S. Knight Fellowship, where she spent a year in residence at Stanford University studying U.S. military history.
She began her career at Knight-Ridder newspapers, first at The Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera and then The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. She joined The Associated Press in 1999 as a staff photographer, specializing in news, sports and feature photography. In 2001 Rauch was promoted to Western Regional Photographer and worked globally covering major events and stories. In 2007 she founded her own company, Laura Ranch, Inc., where she dedicates her resources to humanitarian and documentary photojournalism while promoting the advancement of public service and civic responsibility.
Rauch's work has been recognized by The Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi), and the National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA), among others. In 2003 Editor & Publisher magazine named her photo of an Afghan widow Picture of the Year and in 2004 she and other AP photographers were named Pulitzer Prize finalists for their coverage of the invasion of Iraq.
In 2004, Rauch and other notable journalists were featured in the History Channel documentary "Eyewitness Iraq." She has also appeared in the PBS series "Media Matters" and served on numerous university panels in discussions of war, U.S. policy and journalism.
Rauch has trained and competed in martial arts for more than two decades and holds a 4th degree black belt in American Karate under Grandmaster Roger Carpenter. She is also ranked in the Filipino blade art of Eskrima under the late Suro, Mike Inay.
photo by Gary Knight