Laura Bash has been a court reporter since 1992 and has been with Mike Mobley Reporting since January 2019. She is currently based in Hicksville, Ohio and works as a court reporter in Fort Wayne, IN, along with Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.
From Laura’s perspective:
What do you enjoy about court reporting? I love learning, period. Every day is a new adventure in words. I enjoy researching all the verbiage.
What’s one of the most interesting things you’ve encountered as a reporter? Depositions involving the ships coming to the New World loaded with slaves. We had jobs where, somehow, slave cemeteries had been eliminated from the plat maps and houses had been built on top of them, leaving the homeowners to pick up bones out of their yards while mowing or doing landscaping. The history was fascinating.
What other fields have you worked in? Have been a Jack of many trades. I have worked in an ER (emergency room), a doctor’s office, as a dental tech, as a dialysis tech, and for USPS, working as a mule carrier (meaning you walked with a pack on your back instead of driving).
Where did you grow up? Grew up in Paulding, Ohio. After being away for 22 years, have come home, and live in Hicksville, Ohio.
Where did you go to school (college level) and what did you study? Stenotype Institute of Lima, for court reporting. I also attended New Mexico University while my husband was stationed at Holloman AFB. Had intended to complete a nursing program, but life, once again, got in the way.
What would you like to tell us about your family? We had three children. We lost a daughter, Marie, in 2016, age 34, to breast cancer. It has completely changed our lives. One of the reasons for moving back to the area is to spend more time with my five siblings, mother, and five grandchildren.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know? I am always willing to help.