The Woodlands Villager is excited to announce the addition of Laraib Hashmi to the editorial staff as the paper’s new staff writer with a special focus on business and health care.

Hashmi’s first day was Oct. 7 and she’s already hit the ground running. Keep an eye out for her byline very soon!

A 2019 graduate of the University of Houston, Hashmi took an unexpected route into journalism. She started as a pre-med student but transitioned to journalism after taking a class with Charles Crixell from the Houston Chronicle. There was no going back, she knew she had to be a reporter.

“I fell in love with news,” she said. “I’ve always loved news, but then that clicked for me. ‘I want to be a journalist. I want to do what these people do.’”

She graduated in May with a degree in print journalism and a minor in English.

She’s always been passionate about writing but when she really learned what it was that journalists do she knew it was what she had been looking for. She loves politics, which also took her by surprise. It’s a passion she explored while interning in different news rooms. No stranger to the Houston Chronicle network, Hashmi interned for the Houston Chronicle from January to May of this year before taking an internship with CBS in Washington D.C. this past summer. Through these opportunities she had hands-on experience writing, copy editing, and researching at the real-time pace of a news room.

Her love of journalism reaches to the core of the profession: looking for truth.

“We are basically the watchdogs of society,” Hashmi said. “Bringing news to the community with integrity and honesty, without any opinions, that’s what it means to be a reporter. You are delivering the truth.”

Hashmi spent the first 12 years of her life in New Jersey before her family moved to Houston. She wants her readers to know that she is friendly, intelligent, strong, hard working, friendly and a quick learner. She is fluent in Arabic, Urdu, and English. She’s looking forward to growing as a reporter and reporting the stories that matter to the community.

For tips and story ideas, Hashmi can be reached at

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